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Male, US, born 1889-12-24, died 1955-01-06

Associated with the firms network

Morrison and Stimson, Architects; Morrison, Earl W., Architect; Morrison, Stimson and Solberg Architects

Professional History


Principal, Earl W. Morrison, Architect, 1914-1917.

Architect, U.S. Army, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), Construction Corps, 1917-1918.

Partner, Morrison and [Van Salisbury] Stimson, Architects, Spokane, WA, 1919-1926. Morrison and Stimson opened an office in Seattle, WA, c. 1920, operating it until around 1926.

Partner, Morrison, Stimson and Solberg, Architects, Wenatchee, WA, 1923. A notice in the Pacific Builder and Engineerin 1923 said of Morrison, Stimson and Solberg: Architects Have Busy Season—Morrison-Stimson & Solberg, architects, Wenachee, Washington, have had a busy season, building the new Chelan County Court House here, which cost $400,000.They also had the Columbia Grade School at $60,000, an 11-room brick building and several warehouses.” (See “News from Various Pacific Northwest Localities,” Pacific Builder and Engineer, vol. XXIX, no. 40, 10/06/1923, p. 10.)

Principal, Earl W. Morrison, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1926-1955. Morrison designed a number of tall apartment buildings in Seattle, as well as buildings in Spokane, Whatcom, Wenatchee and Snohomish Counties of Washington. In the 1920s, Morrison designed buildings in Bellingham and its surroundings, including the grand but short-lived Mount Baker Lodge, built 1925-1927. He worked in his last years associated with Donald Neil McDonald (1904- ).


B.S.Arch, Armour Institute, Chicago, IL, 1913; Captain Q,M.C., United States Army, 04/17/1918-07/25/1919; he served in France, NY and NM, discharged at Deming, NM.


Born in Sibley, IA, Earl Wilson Morrison's family resettled in Spokane, WA, when he was four. He relocated to Chicago, IL, c. 1909, to attend the Armour Institute. He lived with his wife in MN, c. 1915. Morrison was drafted for the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) and served in France, NY and NM. From at least 1917-1920, Earl and Hazel Morrison lived at 1911 North Oak Street, Spokane, WA, in a rented residence. According to the US Census of 1930, Earl and Margaret lived with his son, John, in an apartment building at 1220 Boren Avenue, the Marlborough Apartments, designed by the architect just three years previously. While the war raged in 1942, he lived at 750 Belmont Avenue North (now Belmont Avenue East) in Seattle. Morrison died in San Diego, CA on 01/06/1955.

His father had been born in PA, his mother, NY.

Earl Morrison married Hazel F. Morrison (born c. 1891 in IA); he married Margaret J. Morrison c. 1928. She was born c. 1898 in NB. Her father was from IL, her mother, KS.

Earl and Hazel had a son, John (born c. 1915 in MN). John lived at 1115 East 43rd Street, Seattle, WA, in 1942.

Architect Glenn Davis presented the lecture, "Earl Morrison: One Architect’s Transition from Art Deco to Modern," in a special lecture program, "Art Deco to Modernism: Interwar Architecture in the Pacific Northwest," held Saturday, 03/19/2011, at the Chapel at Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA; the event was sponsored by Historic Seattle.

Associated Locations

  • Sibley, IA (Architect's Birth)
    Sibley, IA

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  • Seattle, WA (Architect's Death)
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PCAD id: 1268