Male, born 1867-09-27, died 1951-09-27

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Alden, Charles H., Jr., Architect

Professional History


Architect, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, Architects, Boston, MA, c. 1890; Alden worked in Palo Alto, CA, on the design of Stanford University for the firm, along with Charles Coolidge. Architect, Howard and Galloway, Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1907-1909; he worked on the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) with Howard and Galloway.

Principal, Charles Henry Alden, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1909-1951; Architect, Pan Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), Buildings and Grounds Commission, San Francisco, CA, 1913-1915; for the P.P.I.E., Alden first was in charge of specifications and then the Architectural Department's Division of Works; while working on the PPIE, Alden remained headquartered in Seattle. Supply Officer, US Army Expeditionary Forces, 86th Division; Assistant to the Commanding Officer, Boston Quartermaster Corps Depot; Assistant to the Chief Quartermaster, 6th Army, American Expeditionary Forces; Adj., 122nd Engineers, AEF; Assistant to the Engineering Officer in Charge of Construction, American Embarkation Center, AEF Constructing QM Group; Colonel, Inactive, US Army Reserve, c. 1939;


Faculty member, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1928- .

Patron, Seattle Architecture Club, 1910; Member, Seattle Architectural Club, Exhibition Committee, 1910; Treasurer, American Institute of Architects, Washington Chapter, 1910-1911; President, American Institute of Architects, Washington State Chapter, 1914-1915, 1920-1921; Member, City of Seattle Zoning Committee, 1920-1924; Member, City of Seattle Planning Commission, 1924; Member, Building Code Revision Committee; State Chairman, Public Works of Art Project, 1933-1934; Member, City and Local Planning Committee, Washington State Planning Council, 1934; President, Seattle Fine Arts Society, 1923-1926; President, Architects Small House Service Bureau of the US, North Pacific Division, completed 15-week course, Camouflage School, Camouflage Division, Office of Civilian Defense, University of Washington, 10-12/1942;

Fellow, American Institute of Architects, before 1939.



B.Arch., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1884-1887; M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1890;



According to the 1880 Census, Charles H. Alden, Jr., was living in Hingham, MA, and was 12 years old.


According to the 1880 Census, his parents were Charles Henry Alden, Sr., a surgeon with the U.S. Army born c. 1837 in PA and Katherine Russell Lincoln, a housewife, born in 1839 in PA. Charles, Sr.'s parents were born in CT and RI. Catherine's parents were both born in MA. He was one of three children--Alice (born c. 1865 in PA) and Eliot (born c. 1875 in Walla Walla, WA) and two Irish servants in the household, Catherine Graham and Anna Murray.


Alden never married.

Biographical Notes

Member, University Club, Seattle, WA; Member, Cosmos Club, Seattle; Member, Loyal Legion, Seattle; Member, Pacific Northwest Academy of Arts; Honorary Member, 1st Corps of Cadets, MA Volunteer Militia; in 1939, Alden classified himself as an "independent" politically; Episcopalian;

Associated Locations

  • Hingham, MA (Architect's Birth)
    Hingham, MA

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