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Male, US, born 1891-07-06, died 1986-07-18

Associated with the firms network

Champney, Edouard Frere, Architect; Holmes, J. Lister, and Associates, Architects; Holmes, J. Lister, Architect; Holmes, McClure, Adkison and MacDonald; Holmes, McClure and Adkison, Architects; Link and Haire, Architects; Priteca and Holmes, Architects; Schack and Myers, Associated Architects; Seattle Housing Authority Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Draftsman, E. Frère Champney, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1914-1917; Architectural Draftsman, Link and Haire, Architects, Billings, MT, 1917-1918; according to his World War I draft registration card, Holmes worked as a draftsman for Link and Haire in Lewistown, ID. This was probably incorrect, as Link and Haire had work in 1915-1916 in Lewistown, MT. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Registration State: Washington; Registration County: King; Roll: 1991928; Draft Board: 10, accessed 03/03/2017.)

Designer, Bebb and Gould, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1920; Designer, Schack and Myers, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1920-1921; Partner, Priteca and Holmes, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1920;

Principal, J. Lister Holmes, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1922-1952; his office in 1939 was located in the New World Building. A year later, his office was located in Room #402 of the Old Times Building in Downtown Seattle.

Partner, Holmes, McClure, Adkison, and MacDonald, Architects, Seattle and Spokane, WA, 1953-1954; Partner, Holmes, McClure and Adkison, Architects, Seattle and Spokane, WA; Partner, J. Lister Holmes and Associates, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1955-;

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1926-1986; Secretary-Vice-President-President, AIA, Washington State Chapter, 1927-1933; he served as President during 1931-1933; Chairman, Seattle Fine Arts Society, Exhibition Committee, 1927; Member, Seattle Fine Arts Society, Board of Directors, 1928-1930; Member, Seattle Art Museum Board, Seattle, WA, 1927-1930; Chair, Seattle Housing Authority Architects, Seattle, WA, 1941-1942.

Member, City of Seattle Planning Commission, Seattle, WA, 1947-1956; Member, National Board, American Society of Planning Officials, 1948-1951; Member, AIA, Washington State Chapter, Nominating Committee, 1948; Member, American Institute of Planners; when surveyed in 1955, Holmes indicated that he was a Registered Architect in the State of Washington.

Professional Awards

Honor Award for the Seattle Public Schools, Administration Building and Service Center, Seattle, WA, American Institute of Architects, Washington State Chapter, 1951.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1955.

Education

College

Coursework in Civil Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1909-1911.

B.S., University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Philadelphia, PA, 1911-1913. At Penn, Holmes belonged to the Sigma Chi Fraternity. After graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, Holmes worked on projects in Philadelphia, PA, and in MT before 1920.

Personal

Relocation

At the age of 19, Holmes lived at home with his parents at 2904 Washington Street in Seattle. The household included 23-year-old servant Gina Olson, a Norwegian immigrant.

According to the US Census of 1930, Holmes lived with his wife, son and a servant at 2201 West Howe Street in Seattle's Montlake neighborhood. (At the time, a 16-year-old Canadian/Swedish girl, Evelyn Kellner, worked as a servant for the Holmes family.) The house had a surprisingly modest value in 1930, estimated at $3,600. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 2496; Page: 23A; Enumeration District: 0404; Image: 47.0; FHL microfilm: 2342230, accessed 03/03/2017.)

Holmes and his wife lived at 615 36th Avenue North in 1943. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1943, p. 534).

Parents

His father was the WI-born physician Dr. Samuel Judd Holmes (1854-1932), his mother, Alice Lennox Holmes (1865-1967). His parents married on 09/10/1884 in Chicago, IL, and had two children, including another son, Lennox R. Holmes (1886-1979).

Spouse

Holmes married Jane Ingram Lambuth Holmes(1893-1975) on 12/15/1917. She was a 1917 graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle (UW) and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

After Jane's death, Holmes married again at age 85 to Janet Powell Tourtellotte, who was then 78. They married in an Episcopal ceremony on 12/09/1976.

Children

He had a son with Jane Lambuth, Joseph Lister Holmes, Jr. (born 12/15/1928 in Seattle, WA). His son, Joseph Lister Holmes, Jr., also had a son, Joseph Lister Holmes III, (1961-1962).

Biographical Notes

He had memberships in the College Club and the Broadmoor Country Club in 1939. In that year, he identified himself as a Presbyterian. Later, he was a member of the Epiphany Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA. In 1955, Holmes indicated that he had done foreign travel in Mexico.

According to his 01/1915 application to the Sons of the American Revolution (nominated for membership by his father), J. Lister Holmes was related to the Revolutionary War soldier, Samuel Judd (born 1734 in Waterbury, CT), a Captain in the 5th Company or "Train Band" of the 27th Regiment of the State of CT. He was also related to the Revolutionary War figure Josiah Cowles. (See Source Citation: Volume: 135; Source Information Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011, accessed 03/03/2017.)



Associated Locations

  • Seattle, WA (Architect's Death)
    Seattle, WA


  • Seattle, WA (Architect's Birth)
    Seattle, WA

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PCAD id: 2129


NameDateCityState
433 Lake Washington Boulevard East House, Madison Park, Seattle, WA1941
Ancient Order of United Workmen (AOUW), Meeting Hall #2, Seattle, WASeattleWA
B. and M. Theatre, Seattle, WA1924SeattleWA
Black, Harold, House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Casserd, Louis, House, Madrona, Seattle, WA1945-1946SeattleWA
Coulon, Katherine, House, Seattle, WA1939-1940SeattleWA
Dessau, Arnold, House, The Highlands, Shoreline, WA1937-1939ShorelineWA
Dorchester Hotel Company, Dorchester Hotel, Downtown, Seattle, WA SeattleWA
Dunn Motors Company, Building, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Farwest Lithocraft Building, Seattle, WA1937SeattleWA
Fisher, Orin W., Jr., House, Broadmoor, Seattle, WA1926SeattleWA
Haslund House, Magnolia, Seattle, WA1929SeattleWA
Holmes, J. Lister, Architect, Office, Seattle, WA1954SeattleWA
Holmes, J. Lister, House, Madison Park, Seattle, WA1930SeattleWA
Lawton, Harry, House, Seattle, WA1926-1927SeattleWA
Lorraine Hotel, Belltown, Seattle, WA1925SeattleWA
Museum of History and Industry #1 (MOHAI), Montlake, Seattle, WA 1948-1950SeattleWA
New York World's Fair, 1939, Washington State Pavilion, Queens, New York, NY1938-1939New YorkNY
Office Tower Project, Seattle, WA1932
Pigott, Paul, House, Seattle, WA
Polsky, Phillip, House, Beaverton, OR1932-1933BeavertonOR
Rainier Golf and Country Club, Highline, Seattle, WA1922SeattleWA
Roosevelt Apartments, University District, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Rubinstein, Samuel, House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Seattle Goodwill Industries, Offices, Seattle, WA1947SeattleWA
Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), Yesler Terrace Public Housing Project, Seattle, WA1939-1941SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Administration Building and Service Center, Seattle, WA1946-1948SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Blaine, Catherine, Junior High School, Magnolia, Seattle, WA1949-1952SeattleWA
Sovereign Apartments, First Hill, Seattle, WASeattleWA
United Parcel Service (UPS), Office, Pasadena, CA1954PasadenaCA
United Parcel Service (UPS), Office, San Diego, CA1954San DiegoCA
United Parcel Service (UPS), Sorting Building, Seattle, WA1950-1951SeattleWA
United States Army (USA), Fort Lewis, Ultimate Development Plan, Fort Lewis, WA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Phi Gamma Delta House, Seattle, WAUniversity District, SeattleWA
Weinir Dental Clinic, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Wilkes, Charles R. and Helen I., House, Seattle, WA1935SeattleWA
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