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Male, US, born 1849-10, died 1926-05-03

Associated with the firms network

McCaw and Wickersham, Architects; Wickersham, Albert, Architect

Professional History


Carpenter, Pioneer Planing Mill, Oakland, CA, c. 1875-1876. (See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1876, p. 394.)

Partner, McCaw and Wickersham, Architects, Portland, OR, 1884-1885. (SeePortland, Oregon, City Directory, 1885, p. 409.)

Draftsman, Warren H. Williams, Portland, OR, 10-12/1887. A document in the probate records of Warren H. Williams, who died in early 1888, noted that Albert Wickersham worked for Williams during the months of October through December 1887. The document indicated that Wickersham was owned $116 for drafting work done for Williams. It read as follows:"I, Albert Wickersham, at present residing at Victoria, British Columbia, do hereby solemnly declare and make oath as follows:

1.) That I was employed during part of October, Novermber and December 1887 by the late Warren H. Williams of Portland, Oregon to draught for him at this office at a salary of ($6=) six dollars pr day.
2.) That on or about the eleventh day of December last there was owing to me as per account herewith the sum of two hundred and sixteen dollars, against which I received the sum of one hundred dollars, leaving due to me at this moment a balance of one hundred and sixteen dollars.
3.) That the said sum of one hundred and sixteen dollars is due and owing and has never been paid by the said W.H. Williams, deceased. In witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth of March A.D. 1888 A. Wickersham" (See, Source Citation Author: Oregon. County Court (Multnomah County); Probate Place: Multnomah, Oregon, accessed 09/04/2018.)

Wickersham may have worked in Seattle as a representative of A.B. Jennings, the New York, NY, architect, c.1888.

Principal, Albert Wickersham, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1892-1920. Wickersham rented Rooms #80 and 81 in the Sullivan Builiding in Seattle in 1892. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1892, p. 959.) In 1894, he leased Room #62 in the Dexter Horton and Company Bank Building in Seattle. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1894, p. 874.) In 1915-1917, Wickersham had an office in Room #505 of the Lyon Building in Seattle. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1915, p. 1601 and R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1917, p. 1645.)

Wickersham disappeared from R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory by 1921 and may have retired in that year, at about age 70.



Born c. 1851 in AR, Wickersham registered to vote in Oakland, CA, on 08/31/1875. (See, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 1; FHL Roll Number: 976446, accessed 09/04/2018.) He resided at 845 Franklin Street in Oakland in 1876. (See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1876, p. 394.)

In 1885, he lived at 347 1st Avenue in Portland, OR. He rented rooms in Portland through about 1893. (SeePortland, Oregon, City Directory, 1885, p. 409.)

On 03/28/1888, Wickersham was working in Victoria, BC.(See, Source Citation Author: Oregon. County Court (Multnomah County); Probate Place: Multnomah, Oregon, accessed 09/04/2018.)

Wickersham had come to Seattle, WA, c. 1888, serving as a representative of NY architect A.B. Jennings, who was working on plans for the ill-fated Denny Hotel atop Denny Hill. Wickersham was probably encouraged to stay in Seattle to take advantage of plentiful architectural commissions after the Great Fire of 1889. At age 42, Wickersham lived in Ward 4 of Seattle in 1892, according to the WA State Census of that year. (See, Source Information Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006, accessed 09/04/2018.)

Although he appeared in the 1892 WA State Census, Wickersham continued to be listed in the Portland, Oregon, City Directory, 1893, (p. 923) at 105 15th Avenue North in 1893. Wickersham boarded at this addess from at least 1890 until 1893. (See Portland City Directory,1890, p. 524.)

The 1900 US Census found him living at 822 19th Avenue in Seattle. He lived with his wife and sister-in-law, Nellie S. Kelly (born c. 11/1878 in Canada). (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Seattle Ward 3, King, Washington; Page: 5; Enumeration District: 0090; FHL microfilm: 1241744, accessed 09/04/2018.)

By 1903, he resided at 703 22nd Avenue, Seattle, WA, where one of his daughters was born. He continued to live there in 1920, as per the US Census of that year. (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T625_1929; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 260, accessed 09/04/2018.)

He died at age 75 in Seattle, and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in that city.


His father, James Wickersham, had come from KY, his mother, MO.


He married Anna Louise Kelly (born c. 09/1874 in Canada-d. 10/11/1938 in Seattle) on 02/22/1899 in Seattle, WA. Her father, James Kelly, came from Ireland, her mother, Margaret Campbell, from Scotland. She was 24 years younger than Albert Wickersham.

Anna Louise died at age 64.


He had two daughters: G. Helen Wickersham (born c. 1902 in WA) and Louise Wickersham Price (born c. 1904 in WA). Louise married William R. Price, a boilermaker-maker in a shipyard, 7 years her senior. One of his children was born on 01/04/1903 in Seattle.

Associated Locations

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