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Male, US, born 1904-09-11, died 1993-06-27

Associated with the firms network

Bittman, Henry W., Architect and Engineer; Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers; Jones, Ahlson and Thiry, Associated Architects; Jones, Ahlson, Thiry, Sproule and Sturtevant; Jones, Bouillon, Thiry and Sylliaasen, Architects; Thiry and Shay, Architects; Thiry, Paul, AIA, Architect


Professional History

Résumé

Student Summer Intern, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, c. 1926; Student Summer Intern, Henry Bittman, Architect, Seattle, WA, c. 1928; Principal, Paul Thiry, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1929-05/1934, 1945-1951; Partner, Thiry and Shay, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1935-1940; Partner, Jones, Bouillion, Thiry, and Syliaasen, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1941-1944; Principal, Paul A. Thiry, FAIA, Architect, 1951-c. 1988;

Professional Service

A brief society page column of 06/10/1935 appeared in the Seattle Times that referred to "Mr Paul Thiery" [sic] indicated that he attended a club-sponsored cruise with a Miss Dorothy Wolfe; the article referred to him as "the well-known architect." (See "College Club Guests Cruise 'To Nowhere,' Seattle Times, 06/10/1935, p. 16.)

Thiry joined the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, in 1940. He completed a 15-week course, Camouflage School, Camouflage Division, Office of Civilian Defense, University of Washington, 10-12/1942. Seattle Chapter President, American Institute of Architects, Seattle, WA, 1951-1953. When surveyed in 1955 and 1962, Thiry indicated himself a Registered Architect in WA, CA, and UT. Principal Architect, Seattle World's Fair (Century 21), Seattle, WA, 1957-1962.

Chair, AIA Committee on the National Capitol Building, Washington, DC, 1963; Member, National Capital Planning Commission, Washington, DC, 1963-1975; in 04/1964, this committee consisted of Nathaniel A. Owings, Chair, Frederick Gutheim, Douglas Haskell, Frederick L. Holburn, Dan Kiley, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Chloethiel Smith, Ralph Walker, William Walton and Thiry. Member, Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Board of Directors, 1967-1970; Member, National Capital Planning Commission and the President's Council on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, 1963-1975.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1951; Chancellor, AIA College of Fellows, 1962-1964; AIA Citation for Community Design, 1965; the AIA Seattle Chapter awarded him the first AIA Seattle Medal (along with Paul Hayden Kirk) in 1984;

Education

College

Dipl., Ecole Americaine des Beaux-Arts, Fontainebleau, France, Summer 1927, studying with Jacques Carlu (1890-1976); Carlu was both the Director of the American School of Fine Arts in Fontainbleau and a Professor of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA; B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1928.

College Awards

Thiry was elected to Tau Sigma Delta in 1926, and won an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Student Medal, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1928.

Personal

Relocation

Thiry reported an address of 330 North 35th Street, Seattle, WA, in 1942. Thiry last lived in the 98104 zip code of Seattle, WA;

Parents

His father, Hippolyte, a French mining engineer working for a Belgian company, brought the family to Nome, AK, to represent its interests there. His mother, Louise G. Schwaebel Thiry, moved Paul and herself to Seattle, WA, and started a women's clothing store selling contemporary French designs. According to MOHAI Collections Specialist for Costumes and Textiles, Clara Berg, she was known as "Madame Thiry," and was also a fashion designer. In the early 1950s, Paul Thiry would design textile patterns and had them mass produced for a short time.

Spouse

Thiry was married to Mary P. Thomas on 10/26/1940 in Seattle.

Children

The Thirys had two children: Paul Thiry, Jr. and Pierre Thiry.

Biographical Notes

In 1923, Thiry was listed as being part of the Bachelors' Club in Seattle; the group staged a dance in 11/1923, for which he was on the organizing committee. Thiry traveled around the world in 1934-1935; in Paris, he visited with the Swiss architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), known as "Le Corbusier." Thiry had his interest stoked in Modern architecture following this meeting, and he designed one of the earliest Modern houses in Seattle (Thiry House #1, 1935-1936) for his mother and himself soon after his return. When surveyed in 1955, the architect indicated that he had made three excursions to Europe. The Thiry Family endowed the "Paul Albert Thiry, Sr., AIA Scholarship Fund" at the University of Washington; SSN: 531-38-3327;



Associated Locations

  • Nome, AK (Architect's Birth)
    Nome, AK

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PCAD id: 1619


NameDateCityState
10700 Marine View Drive SW House, Arbor Heights, Seattle, WA1947SeattleWA
18175 Normandy Terrace SW House, Normandy Park, WA 1962Normandy ParkWA
3425 37th Avenue South House, Seattle, WA1936SeattleWA
530 30th Avenue South House, Leschi, Seattle, WA1936-1937SeattleWA
6227 Hampton Road South House, Seattle, WA1951
626 Hillside Drive East House, Washington Park, Seattle, WA1935SeattleWA
630 Hillside Drive East House, Washington Park, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Alhadeff, Charles D., House, Mount Baker, Seattle, WA1949SeattleWA
Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. Frank J., House, Laurelhurst, Seattle, WA1936-1937SeattleWA
Bragg, E. J., House, Magnolia, Seattle, WA1937
Brownell House1955
Castlewood Apartment Building, Eastlake, Seattle, WA1928-1929SeattleWA
Central Spiral Stair House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, WA1969-1970TacomaWA
City of Seattle, Public Library (SPL), Northeast Branch, Seattle, WA1953-1954SeattleWA
Edwards House, Denny Blaine, Seattle, WA1935-1936SeattleWA
Federal Works Agency (FWA), Division of Defense Public Works (DDPW), Holly Park Defense Housing, Community Center, Seattle, WA1942-1943SeattleWA
Federal Works Agency (FWA), Division of Defense Public Works (DDPW), Holly Park Defense Housing, Seattle, WA1942-1943SeattleWA
Frye Art Museum, First Hill, Seattle, WA1952SeattleWA
Grapp, George L., House, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA1936SeattleWA
Huling Brothers Chrysler-Plymouth Dealership, West Seattle, Seattle, WA1946SeattleWA
Huntington, Gloria, House, Seattle, WA1939SeattleWA
Kachlein, George F., House, Broadmoor, Seattle, WA1933SeattleWA
Kerry, A.S., Jr., House, Beaconsfield on Sound, Normandy Park, WA1939Normandy ParkWA
Kerry, Olive, House, Beaconsfield on Sound, Normandy Park, WANormandy ParkWA
Lakecrest Apartments, Seattle, WA1929SeattleWA
Lewis and Clark College, Biology-Psychology Building, Portland, ORPortlandOR
Lewis and Clark College, Flanagan, Agnes, Chapel, Portland, OR
Lewis and Clark College, Watzek, Aubrey R., Library, Portland, OR1966-1967PortlandOR
Lewis, George H., House, Overlake, Redmond, WARedmondWA
McDonald, Charles H., Sr., House, Seattle, WA 1946SeattleWA
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Mercer Island, WA1962Mercer IslandWA
Museum of History and Industry #1 (MOHAI), Montlake, Seattle, WA 1948-1950SeattleWA
Nash, Sy, House, Olympia, WA1939OlympiaWA
Nichols, Percival K, Jr.,. and Loyal Treat, House, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA1936-1937SeattleWA
Puget Mill Company, Model House, Sheridan Beach, Lake Forest Park, WA1935Lake Forest ParkWA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, Church of Christ The King, Broadview, Seattle, WA1948SeattleWA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church, Lower Queen Anne, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church #2, Seattle, WA1962-1963SeattleWA
Seattle 1st National Bank, Incorporated, Branch, West Seattle, Seattle, WA1961-1962SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Cedar Park Elementary School, Seattle, WA1959SeattleWA
Seattle World's Fair, Horiuchi Mural, Seattle, WA1962SeattleWA
Seattle World's Fair, Master Plan, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1959-1962SeattleWA
Seattle World's Fair, Nalley's Fine Foods Pavilion, Seattle, WA1961-1962SeattleWA
Seattle World's Fair, Washington State Coliseum, Seattle, WA1960-1962SeattleWA
Shroat, Dr. Loren G., House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Small, L.N., House, Madrona, Seattle, WA1929SeattleWA
State College of Washington, Regents' Hill Dormitory, Pullman, WA1952PullmanWA
State of Washington, State Library, Capitol Mall, Olympia, WA1958OlympiaWA
Stimson, Thomas David, House, Richmond Beach Highlands, Richmond Beach, WA1951Richmond BeachWA
Tecler Aluminum Products Company, Office and Factory, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Thiry, Paul, Architectural Offices, First Hill, Seattle, WA1946SeattleWA
Thiry, Paul, House, Washington Park, Seattle, WA1936SeattleWA
Thiry, Paul, Vacation House, Ellensburg, WA1956EllensburgWA
United States Government, Department of State, Embassy Residence, Santiago, Chile1958-1961Santiago
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Electrical Engineering Building, Seattle, WA1947-1948SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Wilson, Hewitt, Ceramic Laboratory, Seattle, WA1946SeattleWA
Western Washington State College (WWSC), Science Building, Bellingham, WA1960BellinghamWA
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