Born in East Eddington, ME in 1851. Broad settled in Berkeley, CA in 1877. The next year he was elected to the first board of trustees of the newly incorporated town and served as town marshal. In 1880 he went into business as a building contractor and designer, and became well known in Oakland and Berkeley for his Eastlake-style cottages. Some of his buildings in Berkeley include the Whittier School, LeConte School, and Columbus School. He was a highly successful businessman when he took up oil painting as an avocation. A self-taught artist, he received criticism from his good friend Wm Keith with whom he made many sketching expeditions into the Sierra Nevada and surrounding country. His palette invariably held his own shade of "app
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Ass'n; Keith, Old Master of California
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