EDWARD J. LYNCH
Known widely in the bay district for his ability as an electrical contractor and for his knowledge of the building
trades, Edward J. Lynch also holds the presidency of the Dreamland Auditorium in San Francisco, which is without
question, one of the most beautiful and modernly equipped structures in the United States devoted to music, drama,
boxing, athletics, skating and divers other forms of entertainment.
Mr. Lynch was born here in San Francisco, July 27, 1884, and is a son of the late Michael and Annie (Daley) Lynch.
The father came to San Francisco as a young man, and engaged in business pursuits. For a period of four years,
he was assistant superintendent of public schools under Superintendent Webster. His death occurred in the year
1907. His wife was a native of San Francisco.
Edward J. Lynch received his education in the grade and high schools of San Francisco, and after laying aside his
textbooks he participated in a number of employments, and eventually learned the electrical business. In this work
he made marked progress, and became widely reputed as an electrical contractor. Many important contracts were filled
by him, including the wiring of the International building at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915.
Mr. Lynch was in Alaska in 1908. Sports, in particular boxing, were always subjects of keen interest to him, and
he erected the old Dreamland Auditorium in San Francisco, and continued to operate it until the new Dreamland was
constructed, and he became president of Dreamland Auditorium, Incorporated, the operating company.
To Mr. Lynch much credit is due for the erection of the new Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco's great center
of entertainment. His ability as an organizer, as an electrical contractor and builder were qualities which well
fitted him for the task of superintending the construction. The list of officers first chosen for the new edifice
indicates the men whose efforts and interest brought about this civic feature. These officers are: Edward J. Lynch,
president; Isadore Zellerbach, vice president; Andrew F. Mahoney, David Zellerbach, and Philip Ehrlich, directors.
Ward & Blohme, architects, designed the building; James L. McLaughlin, of the building firm of James L. McLaughlin
Company, was superintendent of construction; and the general contractors were Barrett & Hi1p. The building
was constructed with the idea of providing, first of all, for the comfort of the patrons. Spaciousness of aisles,
stairs, ramps, rest rooms, corridors and parking concourse are distinguishing features; increased number of ticket
windows, of entrances and exits, and other mechanical aides are also notable. One of the most unique improvements
is the boxing ring and the main floor, each of which is manipulative by means of hydraulic machinery. The floor
may be inclined or leveled by a single switch, and the ring, in the center of the main floor, is in the nature
of an elevator. For boxing it is raised four feet above the floor level for the better view of the audience, and
between bouts it is lowered to the basement, where the dressing rooms of the boxers are situated, and takes on
the participants in the next bout, after which it is again raised into view of the spectators. The ring may also
be secured at floor level for other types of entertainment, then being an integral part of the main floor space.
On May 25, 1913, Mr. Lynch was married to Miss Violet Scott, a native of Tuolumne county, California, and a descendant
of pioneer stock. Mr. and Mrs. Lynch now have three children: Edward J., Jr., Raymond, and Leonard.
Mr. Lynch is past president and a member of the Presidio Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West. Boxing and
athletics are his favorite diversions, and also duck hunting and fishing appeal to him as recreational activities.
He is very popular in his home city, and is admired for his ethical procedure in all of his affairs, his belief
in clean sports, and his public spirit.
(Also see attorney Edward J. Lynch)
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931
San Francisco, CA
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