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Male, US, born 1873-08-19, died 1939-09-14

Associated with the firms network

Baker, Frank Lidstone, Architect; Baker, Stewart and Palmaw, Architects; Baker, Vogel, and Evans, Architects; Baker, Vogel, and Roush, Architects; Baker, Vogel, Evans, and Roush, Architects; Blackwell and Baker, Architects; Everett and Baker, Associated Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Principal, Frank L. Baker, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1909. In 1909, Baker had his own architectural office in Room #304 of the Crary Building in Seattle, as well as an office in Room #409 with James E. Blackwell in the Mutual Life Building. (See Plummer's Business and Professional Directory of Seattle, 1909, p. 237.)

Partner, Blackwell and Baker, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1909-1916. A note in the Architect and Engineer of Californiareported in 07/1910: "James E. Blackwell and Frank L. Baker, associated as Blackwell & Baker, architects, announce their removal from the Mutual Life Building to new offices at No. 824 Northern Bank building, Seattle, Wash." (See "Personal," Architect and Engineer of California, vol. XXI, no. 3, 07/1910, p. 97.)

The firm of Blackwell and Baker dissolved in late 1916. The American Architect published a personals notice about the firm in its first issue of 1917: “Messrs. James E. Blackwell and F.L. Baker, who for many years practiced architecture under the firm name of Blackwell & Baker, Seattle, Wash., have dissolved partnership. Mr. Blackwell will continue practicing in the present offices in the Northern Bank Building, while Mr. Baker will open a new office in the Hinckley Block.” (See “Personal,” American Architect, vol. CXI, no. 2141, 01/03/1917, p. 15.) Blackwell remained in Room #824 of the Northern Bank and Trust Building in 1917. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1917, p. 1702.)

Principal, Frank L. Baker, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1917-1919. Baker leased space in Room #501 of the Pacific Block in 1918-1919. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1918, p. 1903 and R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1919,p. 1908.)

Partner, Baker, Vogel and Evans, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1920-1921. This firm had its office in Room #516 of the Pacific Building in 1920. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1920, p. 1926,)

Partner, Baker, Vogel, Evans and Roush, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1920-1923.

Partner, Baker, Vogel and Roush, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1926-1933.

Partner, Baker, Stewart and Palmaw, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1934-1938.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington Chapter, 1910-1911.

Member, Seattle Architectural Club, Exhibition Committee, 1910.

Personal

Relocation

Born in Kingston, ON, Canada, Baker emigrated from there to the U.S. in 10/01/1894, landing first at Cape Vincent, NY; on 06/01/1907, Baker came to settle in WA; he first appeared in the Seattle city directory in 1909. According to U.S. Census Records, Baker lived in the W8P5 census precinct of Seattle, WA, in 1910.

He made his home in Beaux Arts, WA, in 1916 along with his wife and two children. At his death in 1933 at age 66, Baker lived at 717 33rd Avenue South, Seattle, WA.

Spouse

He married Minnie Elizabeth Baker, born in Genoa, NB, before 1918.

Children

Baker had three children: Elizabeth, born 09/23/1911 in Seattle, WA, and Robert A., born 02/09/1913 in Seattle, and Frances. In 1939, at the time of their father's death, Elizabeth lived in Seattle, Robert in Port Angeles, WA, and Frances [Bonnell] in Corvallis, OR.

Biographical Notes

Baker applied for U.S. Naturalization on 12/16/1909, filed a document of intention to be naturalized on 08/25/1915, and received it on 01/18/1916. Architect James Eustace Blackwell (1865-1939) served as one witness at the 1916 naturalization proceeding, along with Clancy M. Lewis, a manufacturer who also lived in Beaux Arts, WA. In 1909, Baker stood 5-foot 7-inches tall and weighed 130 lbs., with dark brown hair and brown eyes.



Associated Locations

  • Kingston, ON Canada (Architect's Birth)
    Kingston, ON Canada

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