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Male, US, born 1927-01-28, died 2003-08-16

Associated with the firms network

Braun, C.F., and Company, Engineers; Hadley and Hadley, Engineers; Lamont and Fey. Architects; Lindsey, Chester, L., and Associates, Architects; Parker, Benjamin, Architect

Professional History


Lindsey served in the US Army for two years, c. 1945-1947.

Architectural Designer, C.F. Braun and Company, Alhambra, CA, c. 1949-1950. The C.F. Braun Company specialized in the design of petroleum refineries, becoming a leader in the field, with offices in CA, TX, and NY.

Architectural Designer, Benjamin Parker, Architect, Duarte, CA, c. 1950-1951.

Architectural Designer, Daniel Lamont and Lester Fey, Seattle, WA, 1951-1952.

Architectural Designer, Hadley and Hadley, Consulting Engineers, Seattle, WA, c. 1952-1957.

Principal, Chester L. Lindsey, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1957-c. 1992.


High School/College

Graduate, Yakima High School, Yakima, WA, c. 1945. In high school, Lindsey participated in the school's tennis team, Gold-Y club, and the State College of Washington US Army Reserve.

B.S., Architectural Engineering, State College of Washington (WSC), Pullman, WA, 1949. The State College of Washington changed its name to Washington State University in 1959.



Chester L. Lindsey was born in Yakima, WA, and lived for his formative years there. He resided with his parents and sister at 917 Cornell Street in Yakima, WA, in 1930. (See, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: East Broadway, Yakima, Washington; Roll: 2524; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0040; FHL microfilm: 2342258, accessed 01/02/2018.) They were listed as living at 918 South 6th Avenue in Yakima, acccording to the US Census of 1940. The family owned this house that had an approximate value of $4,000. They had resided here in 1935, as well. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Yakima, Yakima, Washington; Roll: T627_4371; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 39-28, accessed 01/02/2018.)

After graduation in 1949, Lindsey lived in Los Angeles, CA, where he met his first wife, Dorothy. He seems to have relocated to Seattle in 1951, although his name was not listed in the city directory of that year. He may have arrived after his marriage in 09/1951. They moved together from there to Seattle in the early 1950s, living at 10530 Ashworth Avenue in Seattle in 1953. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1953, p. 821.)

In 1992, he resided at 1626 East Boston Terrace in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The following year, he was listed as residing at 1714 12th Avenue.

Lindsey died of cancer in 2003.


His father was William Lee Lindsey (b. 11/26/1896 in Yakima, WA-d. 08/24/1968 in Pacific, WA), who, from at least 1930 until 1940, worked as a salesman for a wholesale grocery company. In 1942, he worked for the Yakima Grocery Company, located at 20 West Yakima Avenue. (See, Source Citation The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147; Box or Roll Number: 119, accessed 01/02/2018.)

His mother, Mina Luclie Losey, (born 07/13/1900 in Todd, MN-died 10/29/1982 in Seattle, WA), managed the household. Mina's parents were Adelbert William Losey (b. 08/1871 in Todd County, MN-d. 07/29/1947 in Yakima County, WA) and Maud Leona Matterson (b. 05/24/1874 in Todd County, MN-d. 09/09/1950 in Yakima, WA) (Her name was variously recorded in documents as "Mathison," "Mattison" and "Matterson.") The Loseys relocated to Yakima, WA, from MN, between 1900 and 1910.

Chester had an elder sister, Doris Laurene Lindsey Young (b. 06/12/1925 in Yakima, WA-d. 01/31/1998). She married Kenneth P. Young in Essex, SW, UK, in 1939. (See Source Information England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010, accessed 01/02/2018.)


Chester Lindsey married Donna R. Stratton (born c. 1929) on 09//11/1951 in Los Angeles, CA, He was two years older than she. (See Chester L Lindsey in the California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959. Source Information: California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.) They seem to have separated and divorced by 1954 or so. He met his second wife in 1955.

Lindsey married Olaug "Tulle" Somerhaug (born c. 1931 in Narvik, Norway) on 05/19/1956 in Skagit County, WA. According to his obituary, "Lindsey met his [second] wife when she traveled from Norway to visit an aunt in Seattle. She never went back, and they married in 1956. 'We had a wonderful life,' Mrs. Lindsey said. 'He always included me in his work life. I've gone to a lot of buiklding sites in Seattle.'" (See "Architect who designed Seattle's tallest building dies," Spokane Spokesman-Review, 08/21/2003, p. 33.)


Lindsey had two children, son Mark Lindsey and daughter Karina Lindsey Briscoe. At his death, they resided in Spokane, WA, and Seattle, respectively.

In 2003, Mark Lindsey worked as a prosecuting attorney in Spokane, WA. (See "Architect who designed Seattle's tallest building dies," Spokane Spokesman-Review, 08/21/2003, p. 33.)

Biographical Notes

SSN: 535-22-1146

PCAD id: 2007