George Edwin Bergstrom
Architect George Edwin Bergstrom (March 12, 1876 – 1955) was the eldest son of George Bergstrom, a Norwegian immigrant who co-owned the Bergstrom Bros. Foundry on Main Street in Neenah. After receiving a degree in architecture from MIT in 1899, Edwin moved to Los Angeles. In 1903 he married Nancy Cheney Kimberly, formerly of Neenah, and daughter of one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation's founders.
Bergstrom quickly rose to prominence as one of the West Coast's premier architects, designing many important buildings in and around Los Angeles. His California buildings include the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Grauman's Metropolitan Theater, and the Los Angeles Athletic Club. He also designed the Hotel Utah (now the Joseph Smith Memorial Building) in Salt Lake City and the original Valley Inn in Neenah. He later served as president of the American Institute of Architects.
Bergstrom is most noted for one of his last buildings, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. As chief architect for the U.S. Army in July, 1941, Bergstrom was given the assignment to come up with a design for a 4 million square foot office building in just three days! Construction began on Sept. 11, 1941, and the first occupants moved into the building in early 1942.