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Emil Ernest Gloor

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Emil Ernest Gloor
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Emil E. Gloor, ca. 1904
BornJanuary 29, 1884
Bern, Switzerland
29 September 1946(1946-09-29) (aged 62)29 September 1946(1946-09-29) (aged 62)
🏳️ NationalitySwitzerland
💼 Occupation
👩 Spouse(s)Louise Dorothea Stein
👶 Children2
👴 👵 Parent(s)Emil Gloor, Lisette Sahli

Emil Ernest Gloor (January 29, 1884 – Sept. 29, 1946) immigrated to America in 1904 from Bern, Switzerland, best known for the White & Gloor Masonry company he started in San Francisco.

Marriage and children[edit]

Emil E. Gloor was born in Bern, Switzerland. He is the son of Emil and Lisette Gloor of Switzerland. Gloor married Louise Dorthea Stein on November 1, 1924 in Berkeley, California.[1][2] They had two children.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Gloor wanted to find diamonds in South Africa, but his mother said he could not go. In 1898, he ended up going to Liverpool, England at age 14. In England, he saved enough money to immigrate to America in 1904.[3] He got a job as an elevator boy in New York City. On the boat coming to America, he met a man named Milton J. White.

Professional life[edit]

Laying 12 inch "Hercules" interlocking Terracotta tile at Eighth and Mission streets, San Francisco, White & Gloor brick contractors.

When Gloor traveled from New York to San Francisco, he met White again who was a foreman and brick layer. They became good friends and by 1911 decided to start the White & Gloor brick & masonry business. They helped build the following more notable buildings:

  • 80 Oak Ridge Road residence in Berkeley, California (1925)[4]
  • San Francisco Huntington Apartments (1925)[5]
  • San Francisco Western Furniture Exchange (1937)[6]
  • Sante Fe Railroad bus terminal in San Francisco (1938)[7]
  • San Francisco Psychopathic Hospital (1938)[7]
  • Heinz Plant in Tracy, California (1946)
  • Accounting building in Martinez, California
  • Library at the University of Oregon
  • Hearst Castle stone work for pool
  • Toll Plaza tile work for the San Francisco Bay Bridge

The White & Gloor masonry specialities included using Terracotta tiles and Brickwork.


Emil Gloor died September 29, 1946 in Berkeley, California.[8] Services were held at the Little Chapel of the Flowers on Adeline Street at Ashby Station, Berkeley. He was a resident of Berkeley for 45 years.[9]


  1. "Louise Stein Is Bride Of Emil Gloor". www.newspapers.com. The San Francisco Examiner. 1924. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  2. "Recent Bride Mrs. Emil E. Gloor". www.newspapers.com. Oakland Tribune. 1924. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  3. United States of America Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, December 31, 1909
  4. "Building With Brick and Hollow Tile". archive.org. The Port Costa Brick Works. 1926. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  5. "Pacific Coast Architect" (PDF). usmodernist.org. 1925. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  6. "San Francisco Is Honored and Proud To Welcome The New Home Oof the Western Furniture Exchange And Merchandise Mart". The San Francisco Examiner. www.newspapers.com. 1937-08-02.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Architect and Engineer". archive.org. Architect and Engineer, Inc. 1938. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  8. California Death Index, 1940-1997
  9. "Death". www.newspapers.com. Oakland Tribune. 1946. Retrieved 2020-07-02.

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