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Male, Canada/US, born 1874-03-09, died 1957-03-15

Associated with the firms network

Cote, Joseph S., Architect; Heins and LaFarge, Architects; Somervell and Cote, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Project Architect, Heins and LaFarge, Architects, New York, NY, c. 1904; according to historian David Rash, Somervell and Coté were both sent from Heins and LaFarge's main office in New York to Seattle, WA, to supervise the construction of the Saint James Cathedral for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. Coté, two years younger than Somervell, and less gregarious, worked as an assistant to the latter. Both architects elected to stay in Seattle to work.

Principal, Joseph S. Coté, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1905; at this time, he had an office in the Erickson Building, Seattle.

Partner, Somervell and Coté, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1906-1909.

Principal, Joseph S. Coté, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1910-1932; Coté was ordered for active duty in the Eighth Regiment, U.S. Engineers, in 06/1917. In 1909-1910, Somervell and Coté worked in the White and Henry Buildings respectively. From 1911-1918, Coté practiced alone in Room #520 in the Haight Building; after 1920, when he had returned from military service he operated out of various rooms in the Lyon Building.

Professional Activities

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

Third Vice-President, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington Chapter, 1910-1911.

Coté was also active in the Architectural League of the Pacific Coast.

The architect lectured on the appreciation of art before an audience at the Seattle Fine Arts Society on the fourth floor of the Baillargeon Building, 03/07/1916.

Education

B.Arch., Columbia University, New York, NY, c. 1895. Perhaps as a result of his training at Columbia, Coté would draw building details of cornices, moldings, or other revivalistic decorative elements, at full size. Seattle architect Lloyd Lovegren (1906-1989), who worked for Coté in the late 1920s, liked this method, calling it "...an excellent way to get the work done the way it should be done." He added, "He was a very conscientious architect and a very thorough one." (See Teresa Chebuhar, "Joseph Cote: familiar name," Seattle Times, 02/28/2012, p. K8.)

Personal

Relocation

In 1896, Joseph S. Coté lived at 150 Flint Street, Fall River, MA; he was naturalized in the 2nd District Court of Bristol County, MA, on 10/06/1896.

According to the 1910 U.S. Census, Coté lived in the Madison Hotel, 1019 Madison Street in the First Hill Neighborhood of Seattle, WA. At this time, his neighbors in the building were his fellow architects, Carl F. Gould, Sr., (1873-1939) and Edouard Frère Champney (1874-1929). Later, Coté inhabited rooms at the Rainier Club.

Coté lodged in 1930 with a former client, the merchant Charles L. Hibbard (born c. 1862 in IA), at his large residence (worth approximately $30,000) at 2807 West Galer Street in Seattle's Magnolia Neighborhood. This site had a stunning view of Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier and Downtown. Coté last appeared in the Seattle telephone book in 1948. He returned East for the last 8 years or so of his life; he died in the State of ME on 03/15/1957. One newspaper report of 1978 indicated that he may have lived in Bar Harbour, ME. (See Teresa Chebuhar, "Joseph Cote: familiar name," Seattle Times, 02/28/2012, p. K8.)

Parents

His father Simon Coté was a farmer; his mother was Philomine Lavoie, who kept house.

A "Joseph Coté," a shoemaker born c. 1874 in Canada, lived in a boarding house in Spokane, WA in 1930. "Joseph Coté" was a common name at this time, with a number of Canadian-born men born in 1874 living across the US. A "Joseph S. Cote III" was an attorney with the law firm, Cote, Limpert and Van Dyke, Syracuse, NY, c. 2004. This Cote was related to another branch of the Coté Family.

Spouse

Coté never married.

Biographical Notes

Coté was born in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, Canada, his name on baptismal records written "Joseph Cyrille Simon Côté." His name was indexed without the accent mark above the final "e" in order to simplify searching for English speakers.

According to the US Census of 1930, Coté immigrated from Canada to the US in 1891. The firm of Somervell and Coté had a modest but important and highly visible first commission in Seattle designing the entry steps and terraces of the Carnegie Library Downtown (1904-1905). (Seattle City Engineer R.H. Thomson [1856-1949] regraded 4th Avenue shortly after the library was built, lowering it ten feet. New stairs had to be put in to reach the new street surface.)

Coté was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on 03/22/1957, Section 10 Site 10965 Lh. He left the military with the rank of Captain, Engineer's Section, Officers Reserve Corps of the US Army.


PCAD id: 2665


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