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About This Collection

The Sonoma County Architectural Drawing Collection incudes renderings, blueprints and sketches from prominent Sonoma County architects, drawn from the collections of the Sonoma County Library. The Library holds many other examples that will be added to this collection as they are digitized.

The Architects and Builders

While the collection has many renderings by unidentified architects and draftsmen, notable exceptions include:
  • Brainerd Jones (1869-1945) was a prominent Petaluma architect. Jones designed and built many of the architecturally significant buildings in Petaluma, California, as well as a number of others in Sonoma and Marin counties.
  • John Clark Lindsay was born in Scotland in 1852 and immigrated to the United States in 1870. He became a carpenter and after working in various northern California locales and on Vancouver Island, B.C., he moved with his family to Santa Rosa, Calif., where he became a prominent and prolific builder. His first and most notable project was the Fountaingrove Round Barn, later listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lindsay died in 1927.
  • John Clark Lindsay's sons, J ohn J. Lindsay (1888-1968) , James J. Lindsay (1888-1972) and William J. Lindsay (1896-1972) followed in their father's footsteps and built many homes in Santa Rosa.

Maps and Streetview

The Google maps and Streetview images displayed below many of the Collection's images are based on the best information available in the records. In some cases, that information may be incorrect or Google was unable to interpret the address correctly (more than a few street names have changed over time and lots may have been renumbered). If you find an incorrect location for a particular image, we welcome corrections! Please use the comment feature at the bottom of the page and provide more accurate information if you have it. We verify the corrections and update our information.

Architectural drawing for a service station at First and Main Streets, Santa Rosa prepared by J. J. Lindsay for C. W. Colgan April 2, 1926

Unknown Locations and Subjects

We also welcome information on unidentified locations and people in our collections -- unfortunately, we have many such images . If you know something more, leave a comment on this site or at our Flickr collection of unidentified images .

Other Questions, Comments and Donations

We welcome your questions about materials in these collections and offers of donations of photographs or other materials related to Sonoma County history and life. For local history, contact  Katherine Rinehart at the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library; for wine-related materials, please contact Megan Jones at the Sonoma County Wine Library.

Website questions may be directed to Geoffrey Skinner.

Use of the Images or Other Media on this Site

The Sonoma County Library makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights to digitized images and can claim only physical ownership of the image(s) described in this records. However, these images are intended for Personal or Research use only. Any other kind of use, including, but not limited to commercial or scholarly publication in any medium or format, public exhibition, or use online or in a web site, may be subject to additional restrictions, including but, not limited to the copyrights held by parties other than the Library.USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for determining the existence of such rights and for obtaining any permissions and/or paying associated fees necessary for the proposed use. Preferred credit line is: Courtesy, the Sonoma County Library. Please see additional reproduction and reuse information at


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