Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Chiarelli and Kirk, Architects (firm); James Joseph Chiarelli (architect); Paul Hayden Kirk (architect)

Dates: constructed 1947

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Building History

This house was designed by the firm of Chiarelli and Kirk for the University of Washington sociologist, George Andrew Lundberg (1895-1966), who taught at the University of Washington from 1945 until 1963. Born in Fairdale, ND, in the northeast corner of the state, grew up in a family of Swedish immgrants. He attended the University of North Dakota, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1920. He then went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison two years later, and a Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota in sociology in 1925. As a young instructor, he spent one year at the University of Washington, c. 1925-1926, and then obtained post-graduate training at Columbia University. After this, he became an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and went on to teach at Columbia, Bennington College, Brigham Young University, and Stanford University. He returned to the University of Washington in 1945. During his career, Lundberg became a notable proponent of quantitative, "Neo-positivist" methods in sociology, underscoring the importance of "...sampling, correlations, probability computation, and logical inference." (See Kenneth Allen, Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory Seeing the Social World, [Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Incorporated, 2013], p. 18.) Lundberg wrote or co-wrote six books, and was a one-time President of the American Sociological Society (later the American Sociological Association) in 1943.

Several large Douglas Fir trunks supported the Lundberg House, allowing it panoramic views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range.

PCAD id: 8384