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RE: Building Codes used prior to 1927?

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A while ago we did a literature search for old wood frame construction
standards.  Here are some interesting documents that we uncovered:

  1) 1917: State Housing Manual Containing the California State Housing Laws

  2) 1923 California State Housing Law (Regulating Construction of Apartment
Houses, Hotels, Lodging Houses, Single and Multiple Dwellings)
  3) 1903 San Francisco Building Ordinances (regulating construction,
erection, enlargement, raising, alteration, repair and use of buildings)
  4) 1912 Official Building Law and Plumbing Law for San Francisco
(Ordinance 1008, approved 1909)

If memory serves, and it usually doesn't these days, we found most of these
at the State Historical Society in Sacramento.

Also, though it is obviously not a code or enforceable, Wiley Publishers
sells the 1932 Ed. of Architectural Graphics Standards, which is full of
building details and can be a good indication of how things were built back

Hope this helps,
Brian McDonald, S.E.

-----Original Message-----
From: Rodriguez, Marlou [mailto:mrodriguez(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, October 20, 2000 2:42 PM
To: 'SEAINT Newslist'
Subject: Building Codes used prior to 1927?

Does anyone know what building codes were used to design buildings prior to
1927, the year that the first edition of the Uniform Building Code was
published.  I know "The Code of Hammurabi was used back in 3000 BC" but that
is too far back for me.  I am primarily concerned about northern california.

Thanks for your help

Marlou B. Rodriguez
Biggs Cardossa Associates Inc.
Structural Engineers
1871 The Alameda, Suite 200
San Jose, California 95126