Bliss & Faville, Architects

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San Francisco, California, 1898-1925


Walter Danforth Bliss (1872-1956), Architect

William Baker Faville (1866-1947), Architect

Bliss & Faville was an early San Francisco architectural firm, formed in 1898 and in business until 1925. The partnership was one of the nationally-prominent firms selected to participate in the design competition for the new Nebraska State Capitol, 1919-1920.[1][2][3]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Buildings & Projects

Nebraska Capitol Competition, Final Stage (1920), Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]



1. David Parry, “Bliss, Walter Danforth,” Encyclopedia of San Francisco, accessed through San Francisco Museum and Historical Society website on August 14, 2013,

2. Faville, William B.,” in Henry F. Withey and Elsie Rathburn Withey, Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased) (Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, 1970), 204-05.

3. American Architect 118:2327 (July 28, 1920), plate.

Other Sources

H. Keith Sawyers, “The architectural Vision of Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue,” in Frederick C. Luebke, ed. "A Harmony of the Arts: The Nebraska State Capitol". Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993, 16, 19.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Bliss & Faville, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, August 14, 2013. Accessed, August 13, 2022.

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