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Male, US, born 1908-05-08, died 1991-01-29

Associated with the firms network

DLR Group / John Graham Associates; Graham and Painter, Architect and Engineer; Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers


Professional History

Partner, Graham and [William] Painter, Architects, Seattle, WA, New York, NY, and Shanghai, China, 1937-1942; due to the Japanese incursion into Shangai beginning in 08/1937, partner William L. Painter closed the Shanghai Office of Graham and Painter at 668 Szechuan Road. Designer, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, 1937, 1946-1986; John Graham, Jr., had assumed full responsibility for the firm by his father's death in 03/1955. In 1962, the address of John Graham and Company was: 1426 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA. Following World War II, John Graham and Company, under the leadership of John Graham, Jr., became an important designer of shopping centers in the US, responsible for a number of notable ones, including Northgate, Seattle (1950), Capitol Court, Milwaukee, WI, (1957) and the Lloyd Center, Portland, OR, (1960). Gruen and Associates, of Los Angeles, also became a leading designer of shopping centers and then shopping malls.

The John Graham and Company Architectural Drawings and Photograph Collection #339 held in the Special Collections Division of the University of Washington Libraries, contained (in 2012): 111 architectural projects for which there were 193 architectural drawings of various sizes, 516 variously sized photographic prints, and 74 slides and 226 negatives. (See "Guide to the John Graham & Company Architectural Drawings and Photograph Collection,"Accessed 10/23/2014.)

Education

Moran School and Queen Anne High School, Seattle, WA, 1925; coursework, University of Washington, Architecture Department, Seattle, WA, 1926-1928; B.F.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1928-1931;

High Honors, Beaux-Arts Institute of Design (BAID) Competition, New York, NY, 07/1931; Graham, Jr., had the third highest score in the Institute's annual national student competition in 1931. (See "J. Graham, Jr., Wins Honors as Architect," Seattle Times, 07/23/1931, p. 3.)

Personal

During World War II, Graham lived in the Washington, DC, area, where he sailed on Chesapeake Bay. By early 10/1946, Graham had moved his family back to Seattle, where they lived on Queen Anne Hill. Graham's last address was in the 98101 zip code area of Seattle, WA;

His father was the successful Seattle architect and founder of John Graham and Company, John Graham, Sr., (1873-1955).

He and his wife had two daughters, Jane (b. 1944) and Barbara Ann (b. 02/05/1946 in Seattle, WA).

SSN: 534-01-4086; Washington Death Index had his date of birth as 04/08/1908; Duane Dietz recorded it as 05/08/1908; he was informally known as "Jack." Member, Seattle Yacht Club; Graham, Jr., was very active in the Seattle Yacht Club during the 1920s-1930s; in his youth, he was a Vice-Commodore of the Seattle Yacht Club's Junior division; John Graham, Sr. and Jr., were both avid sailors of sailboats. Father beat son in a race noted in a Seattle Times article of 09/06/1920. (See "Crack Sailing Yachts which Participated in Regatta," Seattle Times, 09/06/1920 [p. 5].) In the late 1930s, John, Jr., owned a sloop named the "Live Yankee." He spent the war years in Washington, DC, where he joined the Annapolis Yacht Club. In 06-07/1946, Graham sailed his 67-foot yawl, "Maruffa," in the 635-mile Newport, RI, to Bermuda Race. (See Alex Shults, "From the Scorebook," Seattle Times, 06/30/1946, p. 17.) In addition, when he moved back to Seattle from Washington, DC, in 10/1946, he sailed the Maruffa from its dock in Annapolis, down the East Coast, through the Panama Canal and up the West Coast to Puget Sound.



Associated Locations

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

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PCAD id: 2159


NameDateCityState
1111 3rd Avenue Office Building, Seattle, WA1980SeattleWA
1 Capital Center, Boise, ID1975BoiseID
1st Methodist Episcopal Church #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA1907-1910SeattleWA
44 Montgomery Street Office Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1967San FranciscoCA
Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu, HI1958-1960HonoluluHI
Anacortes Comprehensive Plan, Anacortes, WA1960-1961AnacortesWA
Auburn Downs Racetrack, Auburn, WAAuburnWA
Bank of California, Office Building #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA1971-1974SeattleWA
Bellevue Athletic Club, Bellevue, WA1979
Bellevue Square Shopping Center, Frederick and Nelson, Incorporated, Department Store, Bellevue, WA1955-1956BellevueWA
Bon Marche Department Store, Downtown, Eugene, OR1954EugeneOR
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
Exeter Apartment Hotel, Tower, First Hill, Seattle, WA1926-1927SeattleWA
Frederick and Nelson, Incorporated, Department Store #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA1916-1918SeattleWA
Gulfgate Shopping Center, Houston, TX 1954-1956HoustonTX
Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI1962-1964HonoluluHI
Judson Park at Zenith Retirement Home, Apartment Building, Des Moines, WA1962-1963Des MoinesWA
Lewis and Clark Theatre and Bowl, Tukwila, WA1956TukwilaWA
Mason Clinic, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Northgate Medical-Dental Building, Northgate, Seattle, WA SeattleWA
Northgate Shopping Center, Northgate, Seattle, WA1948-1950SeattleWA
Olympic Hotel #2, Parking Garage Project, Downtown, Seattle, WA1963SeattleWA
Park Royal Shopping Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada1950VancouverBC
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
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
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
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Van de Graaf Accelerator Building, Seattle, WA1963SeattleWA
Western International Hotels Company, Washington Plaza Hotel, Downtown, Seattle, WA1967-1969SeattleWA
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