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Male, US, born 1872-04-14, died 1964-04-18

Associated with the firms network

Albertson, Abraham H., and Associates, Architects; Albertson, Wilson and Richardson, Architects; Howells and Albertson, Architects; Howells and Stokes, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Corporal, U.S. Army, New York State National Guard, 71st Infantry Regiment, Spanish-American War in Cuba, 1898; Albertson served with the New York soldiers assembled by Col. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) who fought at the Battle of San Juan Hill and the Siege of Santiago, Cuba. Draftsman, Clinton and Russell, Architects, New York, NY, c. 1895-c. 1905; Albertson was an early employee of the archtiectural firm of Clinton and Russell that was founded in 1894. Supervising Architect, Howells and Stokes, Architects, New York, NY and Seattle, WA, 1907-1917; Partner, Howells and Albertson, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1920-1928; Principal, Abraham H. Albertson and Associates, Seattle, WA, 1929-1933; Partner, Albertson, [Joseph] Wilson and [Paul] Richardson, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1935-1937; Chief Architect/Supervisor, Federal Housing Authority, Washington State Office, Seattle, WA, 1939-1949. Albertson retired in 1949.

Professional Service

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington Chapter, 1910-1911; National Director, AIA, the first Pacific Northwest architect to hold that title. Chairman, City of Seattle, Building Code Committee; Albertson authored the the Seattle Tenement House Law. Director, Social Welfare League, Seattle, WA. Albertson was the Seattle representative of Howells and Stokes during planning and construction of the Metropolitan Tract, a large parcel of land in Downtown owned by the University of Washington. He supervised the construction of the White-Henry-Stuart Building, Cobb Building, Stimson Building and the Metropolitan Theatre. Member, Federal Fairs Rental Committee, 1917-1919. Vice-chairman, State of WA, Emergency Public Works Board; Chairman, Bi-state Federal Historical Monumnets Survey; WA State Architectural Advisor, Home Owners Loan Corporation; State of WA Chief Architect, Federal Housing Administration, c. 1938;

Professional Awards

In 1932-1933, Albertson was one of 321 WA residents (155 from Seattle) listed in "Who's Who in America." (See "New Who's Who Lists 155 Names of Seattle Folk," Seattle Times, 09/16/1932, p. 3.) Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1934, elected for Design and Service to the Institute.

Archives

The University of Washington (UW) Libraries, Special Collections Division, maintains the Abraham Horace Albertson Papers, 1908-1962. The UW Libraries Catalog indicated: "The Abraham Horace Albertson papers are comprised of correspondence, a notebook, and writings related to Albertson's professional activities as an architect, a member of various boards and commissions, and the architect for U.S. Federal Housing Administration in Washington State. Topics include architecture, design, urban planning, the Northern Life building, the Metropolitan Tract, Everett's City Hall, the Federal Housing Administration, the Home Owners' Loan Corporation, the regulation of building heights and skyscrapers, living and housing conditions in Seattle, and a camping trip. Correspondents include Edmond S. Meany, S. Edward Paschall, Margaret Bundy Callahan, B. Marcus Priteca. F.C. Staunton, John Mead Howell of Howell and Stokes, M.W. Bean, Ellis F. Lawrence and the American Institute of Architects. Access may be restricted." (See "Abraham Albertson," UW Libraries Catalog,< www.lib.washington.edu> Accessed 10/10/2014.)

Education

College

Ph.B. in Architecture, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1895.

Personal

Relocation

Born in New Jersey, Albertson lived in Hackettstown, NJ, in 1880. He moved to New York, NY, to attend Columbia University and subsequently lived in that city for approximately 10 years. His time in New York was broken by his service in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He moved to Duluth, MN, in 1905, and thence to Seattle, WA, in 1907, acting as the Supervising Architect of Howells and Stokes's Seattle, WA, Office. In Seattle, Albertson supervised the design and construction of Howells and Stokes buildings within the Metropolitan Tract of Downtown Seattle, one of the large ensembles of office buildings planned in the US at the time. In 1930, Albertson and his wife lived in a house that he owned at 508 34th Avenue in Seattle. This house was valued at $11,500, according to the U.S. Census of 1930.

At the end of his life, he resided at 508 34th Avenue in Seattle. He passed away following a two-week illness in 1964. At his death, no public services were held at Richardson's request.

Parents

Both of A.H. Albertson's parents were born in NJ. Edward Horace Albertson was a retail grocer, born 12/1840. His mother, was Victoria Newman Albertson, was born c. 1841. According to the U.S. Census of 1880, A.H. had one brother, Charles, born c. 1869 in NJ. In 1910, his parents lived in Bangor, PA.

Spouse

A.H. Albertson married Clare D. Fox (born c. 1872 in IL-died 04/14/1946 in Seattle, WA) on 02/06/1915 in Kitsap County, WA; her father came from NY, her mother, IL. Both A.H. and Clare married late in life, he at 42, she, 43. Months after Clare's death, he married again on 11/26/1946 to Elizabeth G. Henry in Seattle.


Biographical Notes

At Columbia Unviersity, Albertson belonged to the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

Albertson sailed alone from Bremen, Germany on 08/30/1913, bound for New York. Member, Pacific Northwest Academy of Arts; Member, Downtown Rotary Club, Seattle, WA; Member, Washington Athletic Club (WAC), Seattle, WA.



Associated Locations

  • Hope, NJ (Architect's Birth)
    Hope, NJ

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NameDateCityState
City of Everett, City Hall, Everett, WA1928-1930EverettWA
City of Seattle, Engineering Department (SED), Montlake Bridge, Seattle, WA1923-1925SeattleWA
Medical and Dental Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA1924-1925SeattleWA
Metropolitan Building Company, Arena Building, Metropolitan Tract, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1915-1915SeattleWA
Metropolitan Building Company, Cobb, Charles H., Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA1909-1910SeattleWA
Metropolitan Building Company, Henry Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1908-1909SeattleWA
Metropolitan Building Company, Master Plan #1, Metropolitan Tract, Downtown, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Metropolitan Building Company, Metropolitan Theatre, Metropolitan Tract, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1910-1911SeattleWA
Metropolitan Building Company, Stimson Medical Building, Metropolitan Tract, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1923-1925SeattleWA
Metropolitan Building Company, Stuart, Elbridge A., Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1914-1915
Metropolitan Building Company, University Place Gas Station, Metropolitan Tract, Seattle, WA 1924-1924
Metropolitan Building Company, White, Chester F., Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1908-1909SeattleWA
Metropolitan Building Company, White-Henry-Stuart Building Annex, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1922SeattleWA
Metropolitan Building Company, White-Henry-Stuart Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1908-1915SeattleWA
Monte Cristo Hotel, Everett, WA1925EverettWA
Northern Life Insurance Company, Office Building #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA1928-1929SeattleWA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, Saint Joseph Church #2, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA1929-1930SeattleWA
Royal Insurance Company, Limited, Headquarters Building #2, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1907-1909San FranciscoCA
Seattle Railroad and Marine Terminal Project, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Smith, Deette McAuslan, House, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1926SeattleWA
United States Navy (USN), Puget Sound Navy Yard, South Court Apartments, Bremerton, WA1918BremertonWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Condon, John T., Hall #1, Seattle, WA1931-1933SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), New Infirmary Building1934-1935SeattleWA
Women's University Club, Downtown, Seattle, WA1921-1922SeattleWA
Yakima Presbyterian Church, Yakima, WAYakimaWA
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Building #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA1929-1931SeattleWA
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