Known for: Rudolph Herold was a Sacramento architect who designed many prominent structures, including Sacramento City Hall, the Masonic Temple, the Sacramento Hall of Justice and Capitol National Bank Building.
Background: A San Francisco native, he taught architectural drawing at Lincoln Evening School. He then traveled to Europe and spent three years working and studying in large cities. Herold moved to Sacramento in 1901 and gained a reputation for his work on public buildings. He was a master of many styles, but was best known for his use of terra cotta ornamentation. Unlike Herold's other buildings in Sacramento, the Masonic Temple was never remodeled.
A highlight: Herold also designed the home of C.K. and Ella K. McClatchy and their family on 22nd Street in Sacramento. The house became a library in 1940 after Eleanor McClatchy and Charlotte Maloney presented it to the city as a memorial to their mother.
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