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Harold Wallace Adams, Frederick Theodore Ahlson, Manson Otis Bennett, Henry A. Birner, David M. Checkley, James Joseph Chiarelli, Arthur Edwards, Alfred H. Fast, William Henry Fey, John Graham Jr., John Graham Sr., Francis W. Grant, Alvin Berton Harrison, James E. Jackson, John T. Jacobsen, Robert Merrill Johnson, Howard A. Kinney, Roderick R. Kirkwood, Joseph F. Moodie, Edward Thomas Osborn, Lionel Henry Pries, John Thompson Ridley, John Abram Rohrer, Maurice Sullam, Paul Albert Thiry Sr., Nathan Wilkinson Jr., Clayton Henry Young

Active 1910-1986

Firm Notes

Headquartered in Seattle, WA, architect John Graham, Sr., (1873-1955), began John Graham and Company in 1910, at a high point of building in the Puget Sound region. Like the Detroit firm of Albert Kahn, Graham's firm designed both industrial plants and office towers, growing steadily in 1910s and 1920s. The 1930s were a lean period, but business exploded after World War II. The company, under the leadership of John Graham, Jr., (1908-1991), grew to become one of the United States' largest architectural/engineering firms, becoming a leader in shopping center and retail design (its Northgate Shopping Center of 1948-1950 being a landmark) and a popular producer of office, hotel and apartment towers. It became one of the earliest full-service design firms, integrating architectural, engineering, planning, interior design, project management and construction supervision services under one roof. Writing c.1970, the Graham firm reflected on its growth: ""More than 50 million square feet of buildings have been designed by John Graham and Company over the past 15 years, and most of this space have been incorporated into large, multi-faceted, commercial developments. The company has constantly expanded to keep pace with the scope of its projects. The staff, working out of offices in Seattle and New York, now numbers more than 250 persons. It includes architects, urban planners, civil, structural, electrical and mechanical engineers, traffic and highway specialists, store planners, interior designers and graphic artists." (See John Graham and Company Architects Planners Engineers [Seattle: John Graham and Company, c. 1970], n.p.)

In 1963, the Seattle Times wrote: "The Graham Company maintains its two main offices in Seattle and New York. Until 1955, all work was handled through the Seattle office." (See "Needle Honor: Future Beckons Beyond Plaque," Seattle Times, 02/18/1963, p. 4.)

In 10/1958, the Graham firm added two Senior Partners, Manson O. Bennett (1912-2005) and Jack L. Follett (1916-1972, who supervised the New York office of John Graham and Company), and three Junior Partners, Nathan Wilkinson, Jr., a Seattle architect, Roderick Kirkwood, an engineer in the Seattle office, and Henry A. Birner, an engineer in the New York office. At the same time, eighten employees were elevated to Associates of the firm. They included: James E. Jackson, Director of Design; Alan Gerard, Director of Store-Planning; Alfred H. Fast and Alvin B. Harrison, Project Architects; Joseph F. Moodie, Project Manager; Anthony P. Burzenski, Civil Engineering Director; Howard Leuschen, Structural Engineering Director, Gerald R. Cysewski, Traffic and Highway Engineering Director; John G. Arges, Specifications-and-Contracts Director; Gilbert E. Tucker, Construction-Supervision Director; and Herbert W. Lunn, Comptroller. In addition, employees in branch offices were also promoted: Delmer P. Wright, Toronto; Worthen Paxton, New York; George Cooley, New York; Fred C. Wright, New York; James D. McWalters, New York; Milton H. Edelman, New York; and Lloyd H. Neereamer, New York. (See "Graham Co. Adds Partners, Associates," Seattle Times, 10/05/1958, p. 39.)

In 11/1963, Bennett was one of eight Senior Partners of John Graham and Company, along with John Graham, Jr., AIA; J.L. Follett, AIA; A.B. Harrison, RA; N. Wilkinson, Jr., AIA; J.E. Jackson, RA.; R.R. Kirkwood, PE; and H.W. Leuschen, PE. (These names were on promotional materials put out by the Graham Office.)

In the 1960s, John Graham and Company produced many large-scale planning documents for various commercial and governmental clients. These reports drew on the firm's long experience and wide expertise in architecture and engineering. For the City of Seattle, for example, it prepared a Technical Report on the Seattle Central Waterfront Development (Seattle: John Graham and Company, 1965).

In 1970, the firm maintained its office at 1426 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle, WA.

John Graham, Jr., led the company from 1946-1986, following his father's retirement. Omaha, NB-based Dana, Larson, Roubal Associates (DLR) merged with John Graham and Company on 05/19/1986, creating "DLR Group / John Graham Associates." This title lasted from 1986-1998, when the Graham name was dropped.

PCAD id: 476


NameDateCityState
1111 3rd Avenue Office Building, Seattle, WA1980SeattleWA
1 Capital Center, Boise, ID1975BoiseID
1st Methodist Episcopal Church #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA1907-1910SeattleWA
3601-3609 McClellan Street Stores, Seattle, WASeattleWA
44 Montgomery Street Office Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1967San FranciscoCA
Agen, John B., Warehouse, Downtown, Seattle, WA1910-1910SeattleWA
Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu, HI1958-1960HonoluluHI
Anacortes Comprehensive Plan, Anacortes, WA1960-1961AnacortesWA
Auburn Downs Racetrack, Auburn, WAAuburnWA
Bank of California, Office Building #1, Downtown, Seattle, WA1923-1924SeattleWA
Bank of California, Office Building #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA1971-1974SeattleWA
Bank of California, Office Building, Tacoma, WA1928TacomaWA
Battery Park City Master Plan, New York, NYNew YorkNY
Bellevue Athletic Club, Bellevue, WA1979
Bellevue Square Shopping Center, Frederick and Nelson, Incorporated, Department Store, Bellevue, WA1955-1956BellevueWA
Bellingham National Bank Building, Bellingham, WA1912-1913BellinghamWA
Bon Marche Department Store #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA1927-1929SeattleWA
Bon Marche Department Store, Downtown, Eugene, OR1954EugeneOR
Broderick Building #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA1922SeattleWA
Butterworth Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA1903SeattleWA
Cable Car Lodge Project, South Sandia Peak, NM1962South Sandia PeakNM
Calais Office Center I and II, Anchorage, AK
Capitol Court Shopping Center, Milwaukee, WI1953-1956MilwaukeeWI
Channing House Retirement Center, Palo Alto, CA1961-1964
College Grove Shopping Center, San Diego, CA1959-1960San DiegoCA
Consolidated Dairy Products Company, Seattle, WA1929SeattleWA
Exchange Building, Seattle, WA1929-1930SeattleWA
Exeter Apartment Hotel, Tower, First Hill, Seattle, WA1926-1927SeattleWA
First Realty Company, Hartford Building, Seattle, WA1928-1929SeattleWA
Fleischmann's Yeast Factory, Sumner, WASumnerWA
Ford Motor Company, Assembly Plant #1, Seattle, WA1913-1914SeattleWA
Ford Motor Company, Assembly Plant, Portland, ORPortlandOR
Fraser-Patteson Company, Department Store, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1929-1930SeattleWA
Frederick and Nelson, Incorporated, Department Store #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA1916-1918SeattleWA
Green, Joshua, Building, Carroll's Fine Jewelry Store, Downtown, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Green, Joshua, Building, Seattle, WA1913SeattleWA
Gulfgate Shopping Center, Houston, TX 1954-1956HoustonTX
Heffernan Building, Downtown, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Horton, Dexter, Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA1922-1923SeattleWA
Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, BC, Canada1926-1927VancouverBC
Judson Park at Zenith Retirement Home, Apartment Building, Des Moines, WA1962-1963Des MoinesWA
Lewis and Clark Theatre and Bowl, Tukwila, WA1956TukwilaWA
Martin, F.J., House, Seattle, WA1901SeattleWA
Mason Clinic, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Medical Arts Building, Downtown, Tacoma, WA1930TacomaWA
Mount Baker Center, Seattle, WA1930SeattleWA
Northgate Medical-Dental Building, Northgate, Seattle, WA SeattleWA
Northgate Shopping Center, Northgate, Seattle, WA1948-1950SeattleWA
Office Tower Project, Seattle, WA1932SeattleWA
Olympic Hotel #2, Parking Garage Project, Downtown, Seattle, WA1963SeattleWA
Park Royal Shopping Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada1950VancouverBC
Plymouth Congregational Church #3, Seattle, WA 1911-1912SeattleWA
Rector Hotel #3, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1911-1913
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, Saint Edward Minor Seminary, Kenmore, WA1930-1931KenmoreWA
Roosevelt Hotel, Seattle, WA1928-1929SeattleWA
Seattle 1st Methodist Homes, Incorporated, Bayview Manor, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1959-1960SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Dunlap Elementary School #3, Seattle, WA1923-1924SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Lafayette Elementary School #2, West Seattle, Seattle, WA1950SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Whittier, John Greenleaf, Elementary School #3, Ballard, Seattle, WA1998-1999SeattleWA
Seattle World's Fair, Space Needle, Seattle, WA1960-1962SeattleWA
Seattle Yacht Club #1, West Seattle, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Seattle Yacht Club #2, Seattle, WA1919-1921SeattleWA
Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Downtown, Seattle, WA1978-1982SeattleWA
Southcenter Shopping Mall, Tukwila, WATukwilaWA
South Sandia Retail and Hotel Development Project, South Sandia, NM
State of Alaska, Office Building, Downtown, Juneau, AK1972-1975JuneauAK
Stimson Center Project, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Trinity Parish Church #3, Seattle, WA1902-1903SeattleWA
United States Army (USA), Fort Lewis, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, WA1985-1987Fort LewisWA
United States Government, Federal Office Building #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA1971-1974SeattleWA
United States Navy (USN), Naval Regional Medical Center, Bremerton, WA1978-1981BremertonWA
United States Public Health Service Hospital, Seattle, WA1934SeattleWA
United States Public Health Service, Marine Hospital, Beacon Hill, Seattle, WA1930-1933SeattleWA
University Methodist Episcopal Church #2, University District, Seattle, WA1926-1927SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Gates, Mary, Hall, Seattle, WA1928SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Guggenheim, The Daniel, Aeronautics Hall, Seattle, WA1928-1929SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Johnson, Orson Bennett, Hall, Seattle, WA1929-1930SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Oceanography Building, Seattle, WA1932SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Physics Hall, Seattle, WA1927-1928SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Plant Operations Building, Seattle, WA1929SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Van de Graaf Accelerator Building, Seattle, WA1963SeattleWA
Vance, Joseph, Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA1929-1930SeattleWA
Victoria Apartments, Queen Anne, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Washington Securities Building,Downtown, Seattle, WA1916-1917SeattleWA
Wells Fargo and Company Bank, Headquarters Building #6, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1960-1966San FranciscoCA
Western International Hotels Company, Washington Plaza Hotel, Downtown, Seattle, WA1967-1969SeattleWA
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