Male, born 1866-03-25

Associated with the firms network

Held, Albert, Architect; Held and Permaine, Architects; Held and Zittel, Architects; Preusse, Herman, Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, Herman Preusse, Architect, Spokane, WA, 1889.

Principal, Albert Held, Architect, Spokane, WA, c. 1889-1890.

Partner, Held and Zittlee, Architects, Spokane, WA, c. 1890- .

In 1902, Held maintained his offices in Rooms #506-508 in the Hyde Building, Spokane. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Spokane Directory, 1902, p. 857.)

Professional Activities

In 1890, the Spokane Falls School Board put out a request for architects to bid on a new school commission. The school could not exceed $100,000 in cost, and five firms, four from Spokane and one from Seattle, responded, most with bids of about $80,000. The firms responding were: Worthy Niver, Cutter and Poetz, Held and Zittlee, C.F. Helmle, all of Spokane, and Jennings and Wickersham of Seattle. (See "Bids for Bonds," Spokane Falls Daily Chronicle, 06/07/1890, p. 8.)

Member, Architectural Association, Spokane, WA, c. 1906.



The book, Sketches of Washingtonians,(Seattle, WA: Wellington C. Wolfe and Company, 1906), noted: "[Held] received his education in the public schools of that state [Minnesota], after which he took up the study of architecture in St. Paul and later studied at the Minnesota University in Minneapolis."



Born in New Ulm, MN, Held lived there at least through 1885. He came to Spokane, WA, in 1889, and lived the rest of his life there. In 1890, he lived in a boarding house at 326 East Riverside Avenue.

According to the 1910 US Census, Held lived at that time in the Spokane W3 Carlisle census precinct; Held was prosperous enough to afford two servants at this time. In 1920, he and his wife lived at 364 Coeur d'Alene Street in Spokane; the household had one servant, Mary Samson, who recently (1911) immigrated from England.


His father was also Albert Held (born c. 1839 in Wurttemburg, Germany, who came to the U.S. c. 1854), working as a joiner in 1885, a carpenter in 1895; his mother was Christina Stupp (born c. 1840 in Germany). She died before 1910. His brothers and sisters included: Bertha (born c. 1865 in MN), Henry (born c. 1869 in MN), Louisa (born c. 1871 in MN), Otto (born c. 1872 in MN) and Herrmann (born c. 1876 in MN). A sister, Mathilde, (born c. 1877 in MN), may have died between 1875-1885.


Albert married Kate C. [Benham] Logan (b. 1862) of Constantine, MI, on 10/14/1903 in Spokane, WA. Her father came from MI, her mother, Melinda C. Benham, lived (born c. 1838 in NY) lived with Albert and Kate Held in Spokane c. 1910-1920.

Biographical Notes

At age 44, a U.S. Passport application described him as standing 5 feet 7 3/4 inches tall, with a ruddy complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair.

Member, International Order of Odd Fellows, Spokane, WA.

Member, Spokane Amateur Athletic Club, Spokane, WA.

Member, Spokane Chamber of Commerce, Spokane, WA.

Member, The Spokane Club, Spokane, WA;

Associated Locations

  • New Ulm, MN (Architect's Birth)
    New Ulm, MN

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PCAD id: 3810

Amman Apartments, Spokane, WA1904SpokaneWA
Breslin Apartments, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Centennial Mill, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Clark, Mrs. James, House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Goble, Pratt and Robbins Building, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Held, Albert, House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Holley-Mason Hardware Building, Riverside, Spokane, WA1905SpokaneWA
Home Telephone and Telegraph Company of Spokane, Exchange Building, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Hotel Idaho, Coeur d'Alene, IDSpokaneWA
Hyde Office Building and Annex, Riverside, Spokane, WA 1890SpokaneWA
Inland Brewing Company, Brewery and Malt House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Inland Empire Railway, Car Barns, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Inland Empire Railway, Freight Depot, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Inland Empire Railway, Machine Shops, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Inland Empire Railway, Power and Transformer Stations, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Jensen-Byrd Building, Spokane, WA1908-1909SpokaneWA
Kingsbury, B.C., House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Kuhn, Aaron, House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Laberee, O. G., House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Ondowa Inn, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Robbins, Charles P., House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
S.A.A. Club House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Saint Luke's Hospital, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
San Marco Apartments, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Spokane Electric Railway Depot, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Spokane Public Schools, Grand School, Spokane, WA
Spokane Public Schools, Lincoln School, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Spokane Public Schools, Lowell School, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Spokane Public Schools, North Central High School #1, Spokane, WA1907-1908SpokaneWA
Spokane Public Schools, Webster School, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Weil, Mrs. R., House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Wetzel, D.F., House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Wren, T.F., House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA
Zimmerman, F.W., House, Spokane, WASpokaneWA