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Male, UK/US, born 1856-08-05, died 1927-05-16

Associated with the firms network

Houghton, Edwin W., Architect; Houghton, E.W., and Sons, Architects; Saunders and Houghton, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Apprentice, Thomas M. Houghton, Chelsea, London, UK, c. 1872 (Thomas Houghton was his brother).

Farmer, El Paso, TX, c. 1880. Like his father, Edwin Houghton tried his hand at farming, as well.

Principal, Edwin Walker Houghton, Architect, Pasadena, CA, c. 1885-1889. Architect Charles Willard Saunders (1857-1935) also worked in Pasadena at this time. The two met there, although Saunders was actually practicing with his wife during this period.

Partner, Saunders and Houghton, Architects, Seattle, WA, 09/1889-1891.

Principal, E.W. Houghton, Architect, Seattle, 1889, 1892-1912. In 1901, Houghton had an office in Room #411 of the Collins Building in Seattle. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1901, p. 614.)

Partner, E.W. Houghton and Son, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1913-1920. In 1914, Edwin Houghton practiced with son Gordon in an office in Room #414 of the Collins Building in Seattle. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1914, p. 926.)

Partner, E.W. Houghton and Sons, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1920-1927. In 1926, E.W. Houghton and Sons had its office in Room #522 of the Railway Building in Seattle. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1926, p. 768.)

Professional activities

Member, American Institute of Architects before 1906; Houghton was one of the founding members in 1894 of the group that would develop into the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Member, Commercial Club, Seattle, WA.

Member, Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Education

High School/College

Houghton received an education in public and private schools in Birmingham, England; B.S., King Edward's College.

Personal

Relocation

Born in Hartley Wintney, a town in the northeast of Hampshire, England. Edwin Walker Houghton's family lived on Hartley Row Street in 1861, the year of an English Census. Two servants and a boarder also lived with them at this time.

Edwin continued to live with his family who resided in Crondall, Hampshire, England, according to the 1871 English Census.

In 1881, Edwin lived with his brother Albert H. Houghton, his wife and son on Shaw Lane in the city of Shaw-cum-Donnington, West Berkshire, Berkshire, England. He and his brother were reported to have been working as joiners.

Houghton immigrated to the US in 1884; he worked as a farmer in El Paso, TX, and as an architect in Pasadena, CA, before moving north.

He arrived in Port Townsend, WA, in early 1889, and to Seattle soon thereafter, drawn to the city after the Great Fire of that year.

Margaret and Edwin Houghton lived in the Occidental Hotel, in the center of Seattle's Pioneer Square, in 1900 and 1901. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1901, p. 614.)

In 1918, Houghton resided with his wife at 802 17th Avenue in Seattle. (SeeR.L. Polk and Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1918, p. 961.) He and Margaret continued to live at this address in 1926. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1926, p. 768.)

Houghton died in Seattle, WA at the age of 70.

Parents

His father was Thomas Houghton (born c. 1818 in Edgbaston, Warwickshire, England), who in 1861 at the time of the English Census worked as a grocer in the town of Hartley Wintney. The census also recorded that he was a coal merchant and a farmer, employing three men and two boys. His mother was Eliza Augusta Brown Houghton (born c. 1824 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England). In 1861, the Houghton household included Thomas Marcus (born c. 1846 in Hartley Wintney, England), Eliza Augusta (born c. 1848 in Hartley Wintney, England), Catherine (born c. 1851 in Hartley Wintney, England), Albert (born c. 1853 in Hartley Wintney, England), Arthur Henry (born c. 1858 in Hartley Wintney, England) and Miriam Sarah (born c. 1860 in Hartley Wintney, England). All of the Houghton children were born in the Hartley Row Neighborhood of Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, England.

Thomas Marcus, Edwin, Arthur, and Miriam lived in with their parents in the Crookham Common district of Crondall, Hampshire in 1871. Thomas worked as a farmer on 14 acres of his own land, while Eliza operated a "ladies school." Thomas Marcus Houghton was recorded as being an unemployed joiner.

Spouse

Houghton married Margaret Ann Crudge in 1884.

Children

Edwin W. Houghton practiced architecture with his son between 1913-1927; in 1900, the Houghtons had had two children, only one of whom, Gordon (born c. 1892 in TX), was alive, according to the sometimes accurate US Census of that year. Gordon Houghton, who also became an architect, married Caroline Kelly (born c. 1896 in NY) on 06/14/1917 in Seattle, WA.

Biographical Notes

A City of Seattle web site on the Maud Building, (see Web Sites), indicated that Houghton and Saunders may have met each other in California before incorporating together in Seattle, WA. In his obituary of 1927, the writer for the Washington State Chapter American Institute of Architects Monthly Bulletin, stated: "During his active career many of the older buildings on Seattle were designed by Mr. Houghton and he was particularly distinguished as a designer of theatres. A genial personality and never failing optimism, were characteristic of the man and it seemed fitting that this should continue to the end, which came suddenly while at his office desk." (See "Edwin Walker Houghton," Washington State Chapter American Institute of Architects Monthly Bulletin, vol VII no 5, May 1927, n.p.)



Associated Locations

  • Hartley Wintney, Hampshire UK (Architect's Birth)
    Hartley Wintney, Hampshire UK

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PCAD id: 1561


NameDateCityState
Arcade Building #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1901-1903SeattleWA
Bailey, William Elder, Office Building, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1889-1892SeattleWA
Beck Theatre, Bellingham, WA 1900-1902BellinghamWA
Berkshire Hotel Building, Seattle, WA1902-1903SeattleWA
Brown Building, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Cascade Steam Laundry Company, Building #2, Seattle, WA1900-1901SeattleWA
City of Seattle, Fire Department (SFD), Headquarters #03, First Hill, Seattle, WA1890SeattleWA
Clemmer Theatre, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1911-1912SeattleWA
Colonial Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT1907-1908Salt Lake CityUT
Cort Theatre, Chicago, IL1908-1909ChicagoIL
Curtis Building, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Estabrook Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1901-1902SeattleWA
Fifth Avenue Row House Project, Downtown, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Grand Opera House, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1898-1900SeattleWA
Grand Theatre, Aberdeen, WA1905-1906AberdeenWA
Heilig Theatre, Downtown, Portland, OR 1909-1910PortlandOR
Helena Theatre, Helena, MTHelenaMT
Hoeffler, J., Building Project, Seattle, WA1907SeattleWA
Kellogg, Orlo B., House, Denny Blaine, Seattle, WA1904-1905SeattleWA
Lippy, Thomas, Building, Seattle, WA1901-1902SeattleWA
Majestic Theatre, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1909-1909SeattleWA
Manhattan Building Project, Downtown, Seattle, WA1889-1890SeattleWA
Maud Building, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Moore Theatre and Hotel, Downtown, Seattle, WA1907SeattleWA
Olympic Hotel #1, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Otis Building, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Pacific Warehouse Company, 901 Western Avenue Warehouse, Downtown, Seattle, WA1909-1910SeattleWA
Pinney Theatre Building, Boise, ID1907-1908BoiseID
Rainier Hotel, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1889-1889SeattleWA
Riddle, Charles A. and Louise, House, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1899SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, 20th Avenue School, Stevens, Seattle, WA 1901-1902SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Minor, T.T., School #1, Seattle, WA 1889-1890SeattleWA
Snoqualmie Electric Company, Power House, Snoqualmie, WASnoqualmieWA
Spokane Theatre, Spokane, WA1900-1901SpokaneWA
Starr-Colman Building, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1889-1891SeattleWA
Sutton's Grand Opera House, Butte, MT1902ButteMT
Terry-Denny Building, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1889-1891SeattleWA
Thaggart House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Union Building, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1890SeattleWA
Washington Hotel Annex, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1907SeattleWA
Washington Territory Investment Company, Office Building, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 1889-1890SeattleWA
Wing Hotel and Theatre, Vancouver, BC, CanadaVancouverBC
Wittwer, John J., Duplex House, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1900SeattleWA
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