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Male, Germany/US, born 1871-10-29, died 1933-03-16

Associated with the firms network

Schack and Huntington, Architects; Schack and Myers, Associated Architects; Schack and Young, Architects and Engineers; Schack, James H., Architect; Schack, Young and Myers, Architects and Engineers

Professional History


Principal, James H. Schack, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1901-1907; in 1905, Schack had his office in the Downs Block. (See Classified Ads, Seattle Times, 08/22/1905, p. 14.) Olof Hanson would serve as an associate c. 1906.

Partner, Schack and [Daniel Riggs] Huntington, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1908. Schack and Huntington had an office in Room #64 of the Downs Block in 1908. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1908, p. 1639.)

Partner, Schack, [Arrigo M.] Young and [David John] Myers, Architects, Seattle, WA.

Partner, Schack and Young, Architects, Seattle, WA, 08/1920- .

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington State Chapter.

Treasurer, AIA, Washington State Chapter, 1906. (See "Washington State Chapter," American Institute of Architects Quarterly Bulletin, vol. VI, no. 4, 01/1906, p. 243.)

Patron, Seattle Architectural Club, Seattle, WA, 1910.

Treasurer, Seattle Architectural Club, Exhibition Committee, 1910.

President, AIA, Washington State Chapter, 1924-1925.



Born in Germany, Schack came to the U.S. c. 1888. Architectural historian David A. Rash has reported that "He had received practical training in architecture from study in evening school in Chicago and from various architectural offices." (See David A. Rash, "Schack, Young & Myers," in Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed., Shaping Seattle Architecture, [Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994], p. 156.) In a U.S. Passport application of 10/10/1924, Schack indicated having arrived from Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1888, and that he "...resided 36 years, uninterruptedly, in the United States, from 1888 to 1924, at Nebr. Ia. Mo. and Seattle, Washington." No mention was made in this document of Chicago. It also noted that he had been naturalized in the "Court of Div. of West. Dist. of Mo., at Kansas City, Mo. on October 11, 1900." In 1900, Schack lived with his new bride in Kansas City, MO, at 1911 East 15th Street. Artie Schack had been born in MO, and may have been the reason that he lived there at the time. His profession on the census form was "architect." He resettled in Seattle, WA, by c. 1901; in 1902, James and Artie Schack lived at 1825 12th Ave., where a male child was born on 11/13/1902.


According to the U.S. Census of 1900, James H. Schack, Sr.'s parents both came from Germany, although the 1920 U.S. Census indicated that they had both been born in Denmark; they lived in Schleswig, Germany, when James was born. (According to a Kansas State Census done in 1905, there was a James Schack still living there, who had been born c. 1856.) His father's name was Peter J. Schack; his mother's maiden name was registered on his death certificate as "Smith" but was probably originally "Schmidt." His mother was still alive in 10/1924.


James H. Schack married his wife, Artie Bellows Schack (born 05/1874) c. 1899; Artie was born in Missouri; her parents came from Vermont and Indiana.


James H. Schack, Sr., and Artie Bellows Schack had five children, three of whom survived: Edwin B. Shack (born c. 1907), John B. (04/20/1909-04/25/2004, Everett, WA, SSN: 531-14-2459) and James H. Schack, Jr. (04/20/1909-05/31/1997, d. Portland, OR, SSN: 532-05-0580). The above dates were obtained from U.S. Census and Social Security Death Indexes. Alternate birth dates were obtained for a Schack infant born 11/13/1902 and "James H. Schack" (08/18/1904 supposedly a female child) born to James H. Schack and Artie Bellows from King County Birth Indexes. The earlier Schack infant was born at 1825 12th Avenue in Seattle. James was born at 1110 East Denny Way. Schack's great-grandson, John Schack, also became an architect. James H. Schack, Jr., married Elizabeth J. Eggert on 03/13/1943 in Seattle, WA.

Biographical Notes

Schack came to the U.S. in 1898 and was naturalized in 1900, according to the 1920 U.S. Census. According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Schack had come to the U.S. in 1889 and had been naturalized by that time. Given the length of residency required to obtain naturalized status, the likelihood is that Schack had come to the U.S. in 1889.

The architect sought a passport in 1924 to visit his mother and travel in the countries of Sweden, Denmark, Germany and France, from 10/231924 or 10/28/1924 for 3 months. Like most travelers of the period, he would depart the US by steamship from New York, NY.

PCAD id: 2357

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