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Male, UK/US, born 1870-04-10, died 1948-09-14

Associated with the firms network

Ford, Sherwood D., Architect; Webster and Ford, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, Hartwell, Richardson and Driver, Architects, Boston, MA, c. 1900.

Draftsman, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, 1907-1914.

Partner, [James E.] Webster and Ford, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1914-1916. (Webster and Ford were both employees of John Graham, Sr., who supervised the office while Graham was in Detroit, MI, working with the Ford Motor Company.)

Principal, Sherwood D. Ford, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1917-1944. Ford practiced in Lyon Building from 1915-1933, first in Office 632 (1915-1916) and Office 630 (1917-1933). From 1935-1941, he worked in Office 805 of the Insurance Building and from 1943-1944 in Office 512 of the Railway Exchange Building.

Professional Activities

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



Born in Bedford, England, Ford migrated first to Montreal, QC, Canada before 02/1894 and entered the U.S. at Newport, VT, on or about 02/15/1894.

He worked in Boston, MA, before appearing in Seattle, WA, by 05/18/1907, when he began work with fellow Englishman, John Graham, Sr., (1873-1955).

The 1920 and 1930, U.S. Census forms indicated that he occupied the same residence at 203 Stixrud Drive in Seattle. This house had an approximate value of $28,500 in 1930.


Ford's parents were both English.


Ford married Virginia Florence Ford (born 06/26/1873 in Lachine, QC, Canada), who was three years younger than he. Her father was Canadian of Irish descent, her mother Canadian of Scottish descent. She came to the U.S. in 1901, and was still an alien in 1920. In 1930, he was married to Edith Ford (born c. 1881 in OH), who was 10 years his junior. Her father was from the Azores, her mother from IL.

Biographical Notes

The U.S. Census of 1920 indicated that Ford was a "PA," indicating that he had started the paperwork for naturalization. He applied for naturalization on 02/10/1915 and was naturalized on 03/13/1920 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of WA. E. Theodore Hildreth, an official at the Bremerton Navy Yard, W.D. Comer, an investment counselor with offices at 210 Leary Building, Seattle, served as witnesses for the naturalization procedure. The Washington Death Index, 1940-1996 indicated that Ford died at age 78, putting his birth date in 1870.

At age 44, Ford was 5 feet 9.5 inches, with gray eyes and light hair.

Associated Locations

  • Bedford, Bedfordshire UK (Architect's Birth)
    Bedford, Bedfordshire UK

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PCAD id: 2722