AKA: Graham, John, Jr., House, Madison Valley, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Cote, Joseph S., Architect (firm); Joseph Simon Cote (architect)

Dates: constructed 1920-1921

2 stories

1162 22nd Avenue East
Madison Valley, Seattle, WA 98112-3517

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Building History

William Pigott (1860-1929), the founder of the Seattle Steel Company and the Seattle Car Manufacturing Company, commissioned the distinguished Seattle architect Joseph Cote (b. 1874), to design his residence. Pigott died of a heart attack in 1929, but his family would later build his early manufacturing businesses into PACCAR, (originally a railroad car builder) that developed into a worldwide leader in truck manufacturing.

Building Notes

The Seattle Times columnist, Dorothy Brant Brazier, noted in her article, "Joseph Cote Left Mark in Seattle," that Cote (1874-1957) designed the William Pigott Residence. (See Dorothy Brant Brazier, "Joseph Cote Left Mark on Seattle," Seattle Times, 09/11/1963, p. 19.) Cote made a specialty of the Federal Revival house, and used the style for the two-story brick- and shingle-faced Pigott House.

Architect John Graham, Jr., (1908-1991) lived in this dwelling in 1963. Architect's own house.

The Seattle Daily Times noted that Pigott had developed close ties with the Italian-American community in Seattle, prompting the Italian government to name him a Chevalier of the Italian Crown. It wrote: "Formal presentation to William Pigott, Seattle manufacturer and capitalist, with the Order of the Chevalier of the Crown by Alberto Alfani, acting royal consul for Italy, was scheduled to take place at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Sacred Heart Orphanage, 5301 East 50th St., Laurelhurst. The decoration has been conferred upon Mr. Pigott by King Victor Emanuel III of Italy in recognition of the services, aid and counsel given to Italian residents of this section which has increased American understanding of Italy and lessened the handicap of the average Italian newcomer to this country, Mr. Alfani explained." (See "William Pigott Decorated," Seattle Daily Times, 12/27/1924, p. 10.)

PCAD id: 14939