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Male, US, born 1914-11-18, died 1995-05-22

Associated with the firms network

Bittman, Henry W., Architect and Engineer; Chiarelli and Kirk, Architects; Kirk, Paul Hayden, AIA; Kirk, Paul Hayden, FAIA and Associates; Kirk, Wallace, McKinley AIA and Associates, Architects; Naramore and Young, Architect and Engineer; Stuart and Durham, Architects; Stuart, Kirk and Durham, Associated Architects

Professional History


Draftsman/Designer, Naramore and Young, Seattle, WA, 1939.

Draftsman/Designer, Dudley Smart, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1939; (Kirk indicated in 1955 that he had started his solo career in 1939; this first office was located in Kirkland, WA.)

Designer, Henry W. Bittman, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1940-1941.

Partner, Stuart, Kirk and Durham, Seattle, WA, 1943-1945.

Partner, Chiarelli and Kirk, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1944 or 1945-1950.

Principal, Paul Hayden Kirk, AIA, Seattle, WA, 1950-1957.

Principal, Paul Hayden Kirk, FAIA, and Associates, 1958-1960.

Partner, Kirk, Wallace, McKinley and Associates, Seattle, WA, 1960-1978. Kirk retired from practice in 1978, remaining at the successor firm, The McKinley Architects, as a "consulting architect." Regional influences strongly affected his work as did Japanese architecture; in 1947, Kirk was quoted in Progressive Architecture magazine saying: "We are both [he and his partner Chiarelli] interested in using the local building materials in their most simple and straightforward manner." (See "This Month," Progressive Architecture, 28:7, 07/1947, p. 18.)

Professional Service

Completed 15-week course, Camouflage School, Camouflage Division, Office of Civilian Defense, University of Washington, 10-12/1942.

Delegate, Pan-American Congress of Architects, Mexico.

Member, King County Cattleman's Association, Board of Directors, 1952-1955.

Member, Pinel Foundation (Mental Hospital), Board of Directors, 1954-1957.

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1940-1995.

Treasurer, AIA, Washington State Chapter, 1947.

Member, AIA, Washington State Chapter, Board of Directors, 1951-1953.

Chairman of the Committee on Professional Practice, AIA, Washington State Chapter, 1949-1950.

Chairman of the Committee on Public Relations, AIA, Washington State Chapter, 1951.

When surveyed in 1955, Kirk indicated that he was a Registered Architect in WA.

Under the general supervision of William M. Caudill, Professor of Architecture at Rice University, Paul Hayden Kirk and 9 other architects (including the Los Angeles architect, Gin Wong) mentored 40 college architecture students in 1962 during the process of designing an ideal junior college plan. (See Rice's Experiment," Architectural Forum, 07/1962, p. 13.)

Member, Seattle Planning and Redevelopment Council, Pioneer Square Advisory Committee, Seattle, WA, 1966.

Member, Washington State, Factory Built Housing Advisory Board 1972-1976. (See Oaths of Office, 1854-2018 - Paul - H - Kirk, Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,, 09/03/2019.)

Professional Awards

Gold Medal, VIII Pan-American Congress of Architects (1948), for Crown Hill Medical Clinic (Chiarelli and Kirk); Progressive Architecture Merit Award for Bellevue Medical Center, Bellevue, WA, 1954.

Kirk won six Washington State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Awards for three clinics and three houses, 1951-1954.

Recipient, House & Garden magazine Architectural Awards competion, four of five awards, 1957. A note in Progressive Architecture, 01/1958, said of Kirk's near sweep of awards: "House & Garden's 1957 Architectural Awards competition winners have been announced. Two classifications of competition were: houses with areas under 1800 sq. ft., those with unlimited areas. Four of five cash prizes were won by Paul Hayden Kirk, Seattle, Wash., for entries in both categories; fifth prize, for house under 1800 sq. ft. was awarded to Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams, Los Angeles, Calif. Jury members included Pietro Belluschi, Dean School of Architecture and Planning, MIT; William Wurster, Dean, School of Architecture, University of California; Minoru Yamasaki, Detroit, Mich.; Arthur H. Keyes, Jr., Washington, D.C.; Carl Koch, Cambridge, Mass." (See "P/A News Bulletins, Progressive Architecture, vol. 39, no. 1, 01/1958, p. 75.)

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1958, (although Seattle AIA records indicate he was made a Fellow in 1959).

Recipient, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Seattle Medal, 1984; Kirk was awarded the first AIA Seattle Medal (along with Paul Thiry) in 1984.


The majority of Kirk's papers are archived at the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collection Division. (See: "Preliminary Guide to the Paul Hayden Kirk Papers 1958-1967,"Accessed 09/23?2012.)



B.Arch., University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA, 1937.

College Awards

Elected to Tau Sigma Delta, Honorary Architecture Fraternity, 1935; elected to Alpha Rho Chi, National Honorary Fraternity, 1936; Kirk was elected Massierin the Atelier, the architecture student organization at the UW, for the year 1937.



Born in Salt Lake City, UT, the Kirk Family lived at 644 Conway Court, Ward 1 of Salt Lake City in 1920; at that time, his immediate family lived with Vine Kirk's family, including her father, mother, May L. Blair (perhaps Vine's sister born c. 1888), and Bernice L. Blair (born c. 1904). Paul Hayden Kirk came to Seattle, WA, as a boy in 1922. The Kirk Family lived at 6327 21st Avenue NE, in a house they owned, valued at $7,000. Kirk reported an address of 4710 22nd Avenue NE in 1937; as newlyweds in 1939, Paul and Helen Kirk resided at 5703 18th Avenue NE, and continued to reside there in 1940 as per the US Census of that year. They paid $37 per month in rent.

The Kirks lived at 6216 Ravenna Avenue, Seattle in 1942.

He last resided in Kirkland, WA.

Parents and Family

His father, Spencer B. Kirk, listed "interior decorator" as his profession on a draft registration card of 06/05/1917 or 1918 and the U.S. Census of 1920; in c. 1917, he worked at the Walker Dry Goods Company, Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT. Spencer Kirk was born in Tooele, UT, southwest of Salt Lake City, (b. 10/27/1887), while both of his parents came from England.

His paternal grandparents, James (born 03/1845) and Mary Kirk (born 04/1851), lived in Toole, UT, in 1900. His grandfather, employed in 1900 as a "freighter," came from England to the U.S. in 1862, his grandmother in 1868.

Paul Hayden Kirk's mother, Vine H. (Blair) Kirk, was born c. 1886 in MI. Vine Kirk's father, Joseph Blair, (born c. 1864) came from French Canada, and her mother, Clara Blair (born c. 1866) from MI. Paul Hayden Kirk had three siblings, a brother, Blair, born c. 1913 in UT, who became a building contractor, and two sisters, Virginia L. Kirk (born c. 1917 in UT and presumably deceased before 1930) and Marjorie M. Kirk, born c. 1922 in UT.


Kirk married Helen Catherine Richardson at 9:00 AM, Thursday, 02/23/1939, in the Thomsen Memorial Chapel, Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, WA. His brother, Blair Kirk, served as the best man. They honeymooned at Harrison Hot Springs and Vancouver Island. (See "Miss Richardson Becomes Bride of Mr. Paul Kirk," Seattle Times, 02/23/1939, p. 15.)

Their marriage license was obtained on 02/16/1939. (See King County Marriage Records, 1855-Present - Paul H Kirk - Helen Catherine Richardson, King County Marriage Records, 1855-Present, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,, accessed 09/03/2019.)


In a 1955 biographical profile, he reported having had two children, one of whom was a son, Christopher Paul Kirk, the other was a daughter, Hannah Kirk.

Personal Notes

Paul Hayden Kirk was was stricken with polio as a youngster, affecting the use of his right arm and forcing him to use crutches throughout his life.

The 1930 U.S. Census indicated that both Spencer B. Kirk and Vine Kirk worked as interior decorators for a dry goods store. Paul's brother, Blair Kirk, aged 17, was listed as a "Assistant I.D." at a dry goods store. Paul Hayden Kirk, aged 15, was listed as an "Agent (dist.)" for the Curtis (?) Publishing Company. (Curtis was a powerful publishing house in the early 20th century, producing the magazines, Ladies' Home Journaland the Saturday Evening Post, among others.) The family was immersed in interior design, and it is no wonder that Paul Hayden would develop an interest in architecture.

In the 1950s, Kirk became well-known for his designs of medical clinics in and around the Seattle area. He co-wrote (with Eugene D. Sternberg) the book, Doctors' Offices and Clinics, Medical and Dental, (New York, NY: Reinhold Publishing Company, 1955). SSN: 536-01-1523.

By the mid-1980s, Kirk's physical condition had worsened, forcing him to use a wheelchair.

Associated Locations

  • Salt Lake City, UT (Architect's Birth)
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PCAD id: 1642

10407 NE 113th Place House, Kirkland, WA1954KirklandWA
10729 3rd Ave NW House, Broadview, Seattle, WA1952-1953SeattleWA
1419 East Olive Street Tri-plex Apartments, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA1945-1946SeattleWA
1631-1635 15th Avenue East Duplex House, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 1946
1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Edmonds, WA1968-1969EdmondsWA
2009 Minor Avenue East Office Building, Eastlake, Seattle, WA1962SeattleWA
22505 Woodway Park Road House, Woodway, WA1960WoodwayWA
3057 70th Avenue SE House, Mercer Island, WA1960Mercer IslandWA
418 Scenic Way House, Scenic Hill, Kent, WA1959KentWA
4312 Baker Avenue NW House, Phinney Ridge, Seattle, WA1953SeattleWA
4848 West Mercer Way House, Mercer Island, WAMercer IslandWA
5059 Pullman Avenue NE House, Seattle, WA1949SeattleWA
5756 Wilson Avenue South House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
7027 32nd Avenue NE House, Seattle, WA1947SeattleWA
7829 West Mercer Way House, Mercer Island, WA1950Mercer IslandWA
9239 Matthews Avenue NE, Matthews Beach, Seattle, WA1949SeattleWA
Anderson, Dory, House, Seahurst, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Bainbridge Island Guest House, Bainbridge Island, WABainbridge IslandWA
Balch House, Wedgwood, Seattle, WA1954SeattleWA
Beale, Richard, House, Seahurst, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Blakeley Psychiatric Clinic, University District, Seattle, WA1956-1956University District, SeattleWA
Bloedel Reserve, Guest House, Bainbridge Island, WA1960-1961Bainbridge IslandWA
Bowman, John, House, Juanita Heights, Kirkland, WA1955-1956KirklandWA
Brown, Odessa, Clinic, Seattle, WA1949SeattleWA
Buckley House, Medina, WA1957MedinaWA
C and K Apartments, Seattle, WA1949SeattleWA
Caverly, Le Roy and Bernice Strahl, House, Monroe, WA1951MonroeWA
Central Washington State College (CWSC), Michaelson Hall, Ellensburg, WA1968-1969EllensburgWA
Cheney, John, Law Office, Downtown, Anacortes, WA1953AnacortesWA
Church of the Brethren #2, Maple Leaf, Seattle, WA1948SeattleWA
Church of the Good Shepherd, Bellevue, WA1964BellevueWA
City of Seattle, Public Library (SPL), Branch #3, Magnolia, Seattle, WA1963-1964SeattleWA
Clark, Leland J., House, Hilltop, Bellevue, WA1950-1951BellevueWA
Columbia Ridge Tract Houses, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Crockett, Samuel L. and Marjorie M., House, Mercer Island, WA1949-1950Mercer IslandWA
Crow House, Factoria, WA1951FactoriaWA
Crown Hill Medical-Dental Clinic, Crown Hill, Seattle, WA1947SeattleWA
Daniels House, Norwood Village, Bellevue, WA1951BellevueWA
Danz, Frederick and Selma, House, Seattle, WA1953SeattleWA
Davis, W.B., House, Seattle, WA1937-1938SeattleWA
DeMarsh, Quinn B. and Gale Nickson, House, Edmonds, WA1948
Doctors Clinic of Lake City, Lake City, Seattle, WA1951-1952SeattleWA
Doctors Medical Clinic, Bellevue, WA1951-1952BellevueWA
Dowell, Lewis J. and Margaret A., House, Seward Park, Seattle, WA1953SeattleWA
Eldred, Dr. B.E., D.D.S., Clinic Project, Olympia, WASeattleWA
Electri-living House, Medina, WA1956MedinaWA
Evans, John Cecil, House, Mercer Island, WA 1955Mercer IslandWA
Evergreen State College, Campus Activities Building (CAB), Olympia, WA1972OlympiaWA
Eytinge, E.J., House, Everett, WA1964EverettWA
Fleming, Donald D. and Marjorie K., House, Bellevue, WA1951-1951BellevueWA
Gibbs, Mrs. Joann, House, Seahurst, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Gilbert, Frank, House, The Highlands, Shoreline, WA1956-1957ShorelineWA
Group Health Cooperative, Clinic, Northgate, Seattle, WA1956SeattleWA
Group Health Cooperative, Clinic, Renton, WARentonWA
Hart, Irving and Lynn, House, Moro, OR1953MoroOR
Henderson, Frank and Lucille, House, Lopez Island, WARichardsonWA
Henderson, Frank and Lucille, House, Portage Bay, Seattle, WA1959SeattleWA
International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, Office Building, Spokane, WA1965SpokaneWA
Japanese Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA1964SeattleWA
Jefferson Terrace Elderly Housing, Seattle, WA1967SeattleWA
Kirk, Paul Hayden, Duplex House, 5521 25th Avenue NE, Ravenna, Seattle, WA1945-1945SeattleWA
Kirk, Paul Hayden, Duplex House, 5525 25th Avenue NE, Ravenna, Seattle, WA1945-1945SeattleWA
Kirk, Paul Hayden, Duplex House, 5529 25th Avenue NE, Ravenna, Seattle, WA1945-1945SeattleWA
Kirk, Paul Hayden, House, Bothell, WABothellWA
Kirk, S. Blair, House #1, Mount Baker, Seattle, WA1949-1950SeattleWA
Kirk, S. Blair, House #2, Mercer Island, WA1958-1960Mercer IslandWA
Kirk, S. Blair, House #3, Mercer Island, WA1969-1970Mercer IslandWA
Kirk, Spencer B. and Vine, House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Kirk, Wallace, McKinley and Associates Architects, Office #2, Eastlake, Seattle, WA1960-1961SeattleWA
Lake Washington School District #414, Bell, Alexander Graham, Elementary School, Kirkland, WA1967KirklandWA
Lakewood Community Church, Seattle, WA1949SeattleWA
Loughlen House, Burien, WABurienWA
Lundberg, George A., House, Seattle, WA1947
McCarthy, Gordon D., House, Seattle, WA1939SeattleWA
McNair-Price Clinic, Medford, ORMedfordOR
Miller, Marble, and Kintner Clinic, West Seattle, Seattle, WA1953SeattleWA
Moller, Hubert, House, Seahurst, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Norwood Village Houses, Bellevue, WA1950-1951BellevueWA
Norwood Village, 12123 SE 27th Street House, Bellevue, WABellevueWA
Olson, Dr. Dale, and Bitts, Dr. Howard, Clinic, Marysville, WA1954MarysvilleWA
Olson, Dr. Lowell, D.D.S., Dental Clinic, Seattle, WA1954SeattleWA
Overholt House, Seahurst, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Pelzel, Robert B. and Jane B., House, Mercer Island, WA 1961Mercer IslandWA
Physio-Control Corporation Headquarters, Redmond, WARedmondWA
Puget Sound Mutual Savings Bank, Branch, Ballard, Seattle, WA1975SeattleWA
Putnam, John, House, Bellevue, WA1956BellevueWA
Rader, Dr. Melvin, House, Seattle, WA1949SeattleWA
Roman, Herschel and Caryl, House, View Ridge, Seattle, WA1950-1951SeattleWA
Rosellinni, Dr. Leo, Clinic, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Russell, Paul, House, Mercer Island, WA1958Mercer IslandWA
Ryning, Robert and Virginia, House, Hunts Point, Medina, WA1952-1953MedinaWA
San Juan International Camps, Main Lodge, Sperry Peninsula, Lopez Island, WA 1946-1946Lopez IslandWA
Schueler, Lawrence A. and Frances R., House, Port Angeles, WA1947Port AngelesWA
Seattle Housing Authority, Center Park, Rainier Valley, Seattle, WA1968-1969SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, High Point Elementary School, West Seattle, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Seattle World's Fair, Fine Arts Pavilion, Seattle, WA1961-1962SeattleWA
Seattle World's Fair, Mercer Street Parking Garage, Lower Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1961-1962SeattleWA
Seattle World's Fair, Playhouse, Seattle, WA1961-1962SeattleWA
Seattle World's Fair, Resident Theatre, Seattle, WA1961-1962SeattleWA
Sherwood Forest Housing Tract, Robinson-Stewart Tract Houses, Bellevue, WA1957
Shorts, Calvin and Harriet, House, Bellevue, WA1956
Simons, Langdon and Anne, House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Skilling House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Smith, John, Clinic, Seattle, WA1954-1955SeattleWA
Sterling Apartments, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA1955SeattleWA
Svare, Larry, House, Juanita, WA1953JuanitaWA
Tavernite House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
United Control Corporation, Factory
University Unitarian Church #2, Northeast Seattle, Seattle, WA1958-1959SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Balmer, Thomas, Hall, Seattle, WA 1961-1962SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Central Plaza and Parking Garage, Seattle, WA1969-1970SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Faculty Club #2, Seattle, WA1958-1960SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Mackenzie, Donald, Hall, Seattle, WA 1958-1960SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Meany, Edmond S., Hall #2, Seattle, WA1974SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Residence Hall Unit #3, Seattle, WA1963SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Staff Employment Building, Seattle, WA1948SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Undergraduate Library, Seattle, WA1972SeattleWA
Washington State University (WSU), French, Charles Clement, Administration Building, Pullman, WA1966-1967PullmanWA
Wayside Congregational Church, Chapel, Federal Way, WAFederal WayWA
West Seattle Congregational Church, West Seattle, Seattle, WA1959-1960SeattleWA
Wood Products Research House, Norwood Village, Bellevue, WA1960-1961BellevueWA
Worthington House, Bellevue, WA1952BellevueWA
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