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Male, US, born 1917-06-02, died 2006-06-08

Associated with the firms network

Terry and Egan, Architects; Terry and Moore, Architects; Terry, Roland and Associates, Architects; Terry, Roland, Architect; Tucker, Shields and Terry, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Draftsman/Designer, J. Lister Holmes, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1938-1941, (part-time). He worked for Holmes while in school at the University of Washington (UW).

Military service, US Army Air Forces (USAAF), 1942-1946. Terry enlisted on 10/21/1942 in Tacoma, WA. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information, U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2005, accessed 10/30/2018.) Terry volunteered as a ground crew member for aircraft, and was first trained at Minter Field near Shaftee, CA, where he got "...a month's basic military training and two months' on-th-job vocational instruction." (See "Salute to Servicemen: 15 Seattleites Specialize for Ground Crews," Seattle Daily Times, 11/04/1942, p. 30.) A 05/1943 article in the Seattle Daily Times said of Terry: "From the Hobbs Air Field, N.M., comes word of promotions to corporal for Arthur W. Ness, Franklin High School graduate, and Roland C. Terry, University of Washington alumnus. Terry, son of Mrs. Florence B. Terry, 9800 Bayard Ave., is with headquarters of a two-engine flying training squadron." (See "Salute to the Servicemen," Seattle Daily Times, 05/01/1943, p. 6.) Hobbs Army Airfield was located near Hobbs, NM.

Partner, Tucker, Shields, and Terry, Seattle, WA, 1946-1951.

Partner, Terry and Moore, Seattle, WA, 1952-1960; in 1955, Terry and Moore had their office in Room #1621 of the Northern Life Tower in Seattle,

Roland C. Terry and Associates, Seattle and Lopez Island, WA, 1960-1974.

Partner, Terry and [Robert] Egan, Architects, Lopez Island, WA, 1974-1987.

In 1998, Roland Terry's office was located at 1512 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon, WA. (See "Roland Terry, AIA," ProFile 1998 The Architects Sourcebook, [Norcross, GA: Construction Market Data, 1998], p. 1975.) The University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division, the organization maintaining Terry's Archives, said of his work after Terry and Egan: "The partnership was dissolved in 1987, and Terry continued to work independently on a small number of residential projects, including his own home, after the partnership ended." (See Archives West.org, "Roland Terry Architectural Drawings Collection, 1937-1991," accessed 10/30/2018.)

Professional Activities

Terry was listed in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) member directory of 1962, but the AIA directory of 1970 indicated that he joined in 1965. It is possible that he had an associate membership in 1962 and was elevated to full membership in 1965.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1980.

Recipient, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Seattle Medal, 1991.

Archives

The papers of Roland Terry are held in the "Roland Terry Architectural Drawings Collection, 1937-1991," University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Special Collections Division. This collection contained approximately 13,000 architectural drawings and sketches (for 406 projects).

Education

High School/College

Coursework, Southwest High School, Kansas City, MO, 1933. He was a member of the Baconian Literary Society at the Southwest High School, becoming the group's critic for the school year's second semester. (See the Southwest High School Yearbook, The Sachem, 1933, p. 90.)

Graduate, Lincoln High School, Seattle, WA, 1935.

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), WA, 1935-1941; various dates have been asserted for Terry's graduation from the University of Washington. The American Architects Directory, Second Edition, 1962, [p. 698], indicated that Terry graduated in 1941, but Thomas Veith in his essay, "Roland Terry," in Shaping Seattle Architecture, Jeffrey K. Ochsner, ed., [Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994, p. 270] noted that Terry graduated from the University of Washington in December 1940. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, who spoke with Terry on this subject, indicated that he should have graduated with the Class of 1940, but did not earn the necessary credits to do so. He had to finish them after World War II.

Terry also studied painting at the Academie Julian, Paris France, during the winter, 1949-1950.

College Awards

Elected to Tau Sigma Delta, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), 1938; American Institute of Architects (AIA) Langley Scholarship, 10/1941-06/1942; on the Langley, Terry traveled from San Francisco, CA, to destinations in South America, including Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil.

Personal

Relocation

Born in Seattle, WA, on 06/02/1917, Terry lived for most of his life in the Puget Sound. At one year of age, Roland lived with his parents at 5610 Greenwood Avenue in Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood near Woodland Park. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Registration State: Washington; Registration County: King; Roll: 1991889; Draft Board: 02, accessed 10/30/2018.) This residential area was new at the time, with many small bungalows lining this section of Greenwood Avenue.

His father, Clyde, died very young, at age 35 in 1919, creating unsettled financial conditions for his wife and son. He and his mother, Florence, moved periodically. At the age of three, just after his father's death, he lived with his widowed mother and grandmother in a residence at 115 West Josephine Street in Compton, CA. His grandmother was Esther M. Beach (born c. 01/1845 in CT). (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Compton, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T625_103; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 39, accessed 10/30/2018.)

Between 1920 and 1932, mother and son shuttled between two addresses in Seattle, possibly two properties that the family owned. Florence and Roland resided at 306 North 56th Street in Seattle, (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1924, p. 1369.) but, by 1925, however, they returned to dwell at 5610 Greenwood Avenue in Seattle. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1925, p. 1362.), where they also stayed in 1927 and 1928. (SeeSeattle, Washington, City Directory, 1927, p. 1552 and Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1928, p. 1640.)In 1930-1931, their address was back at306 North 56th Street. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1930,p. 1676 and Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1931, p. 1652), and the following year, at 5610 Greenwood Avenue.(See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1932, p. 1418.)

The 1930 US Census indicated that Roland, his mother, and his widowed paternal grandmother, Emma C. Terry (born c. 1865 in OR), lived at 5612 Greenwood Avenue. (The census reported that they lived at "306 No. 56," but this address was adjacent to 5612 Greenwood.) Their dwelling had an approximate value of $10,000 at the time, about 45% more than neighboring houses.(See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Page: 50A; Enumeration District: 0018; FHL microfilm: 2342226, accessed 10/30/2018.)

In 1933, Terry and his mother moved to Kansas City, MO, presumably to be nearer to her family which had its roots in KS. He attended Southwest High School in that year. He returned to Seattle to graduate from Lincoln High School in 1935.

The US Census of 1940 indicated that Roland Terry lived with his mother on 15th Avenue NW in the Crown Hill neighborhood of Seattle. By 1943, his mother lived at 9800 Bayard Avenue in Seattle.(See "Salute to the Servicemen," Seattle Daily Times, 05/01/1943, p. 6.) When Terry left for his European travels in 1949, he indicated that his home address remained at 9800 Bayard. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes Departing from New York, New York, 07/01/1948-12/31/1956; NAI Number: 3335533; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A4169; NARA Roll Number: 55, accessed 10/30/2018.)

In 1955, he resided at 1105 Spring Street in Seattle, WA.

His address in 1993 was 1512 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon, WA.

Parents

His father was Clyde Casper Terry (born 05/24/1884 in WA-d. 02/02/1919 in Seattle, WA), his mother, Florence E. Beach (born 06/09/1880 in KS-d. 05/02/1958). They married on 04/12/1915 in Seattle. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information Ancestry.com. Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014, accessed 10/30/2018.)

Clyde's father was a preacher in Port Townsend, WA, in 1880, while Florence's worked as a farmer in Ottawa, KS, in 1900.

The R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1916, (p. 1501), indicated that right after their marriage, Clyde worked as a teacher at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), and they lived at 5612 According to Clyde Terry's World War I registration documentation of 09/10/1918, he was self-employed as a contracting engineer in Seattle, WA. He had an office in the Bell Street Terminal, Room #401, Seattle, in 1918.

Spouse

Between 1980-2006, Abdelwahid Elhassan, was Terry's companion.

Biographical Notes

In 1942, Terry traveled in South America using funds derived from his AIA Langley Scholarship. He arrived via Pan American Airways in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Belém, Brazil, on 06/25/1942; he then traveled from Port of Spain, Trinidad, and to Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and subsequently flying to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and landing in Miami, FL, on 06/26/1942. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C; Washington, D.C; Series Title: Passenger Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; NAI Number: 2953534; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A3807; NARA Roll Number: 5, accessed 10/30/2018 and Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington D.C.; Series Title: Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 01/01/1942 - 06/30/1948; NAI Number: 2945867; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85, accessed 10/30/2018.)

The University of Washington, Special Collections Division, which maintains Terry's archives, has said of this travel experience in South America during 1942: "After one year, Terry received the Langley Scholarship from the American Institute of Architects in 1941. He left that year for San Francisco to start an extended trip to South America with the intention of studying the modern buildings of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, designed by Le Corbusier and his followers." (See Archives West/Orbis Cascade.org."Roland Terry architectural drawings, 1937-1991," accessed 11/02/2018.) These would include buildings by Lúcio Marçal Ferreira Ribeiro Lima Costa (known as "Lúcio Costa," 1902-1998) and Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho (aka "Oscar Niemeyer," 1907-2012) among others. The Museum of Modern Art in New York would feature the work of Brazil's Modernists in its 1943 exhibition, "Brazil Builds."

According to military induction records of 1942, Terry stood 70-inches (5-feet, 10-inches,) tall and weighed 165 pounds. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information, U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2005, accessed 10/30/2018.)

In 1949, Terry traveled to Spain and Italy. The architect sailed tourist class aboard the Cunard Lines' RMS Queen Elizabeth, from New York, NY, to Cherbourg France on 10/21/1949. He indicated that he would be in Europe for one year, according to the departing ship's passenger manifest. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes Departing from New York, New York, 07/01/1948-12/31/1956; NAI Number: 3335533; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A4169; NARA Roll Number: 55, accessed 10/30/2018.) He returned via Cherbourg to New York between 06/01/1950 and 06/06/1950 aboard the Cunard RMS Queen Mary. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1950; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 7841; Line: 13; Page Number: 168, accessed 10/30/2018.)

By 1955, Terry indicated he had traveled in the following foreign countries: Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. (See "Terry, Roland [Clyde], American Archtiects Directory, 1956, George S. Koyl, ed., [New York: R.R. Bowker, Company, 1955], p. 554.)

Terry flew aboard SAS Airline Flight SK931 from Copenhagen, Denmark to Los Angeles, CA, on 10/22/1956. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes Arriving at San Pedro, California.; NAI Number: 2945735; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2009; Record Group Number: 85, accessed 10/30/2018.)

The architect vacationed in Montego Bay, Jamaica, during 1961, flying back to New York, NY, via the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Flight 484, arriving on 07/03/1961. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; NAI Number: 2848504; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A3998; NARA Roll Number: 510, accessed 10/30/2018.)



Associated Locations

  • Mount Vernon, WA (Architect's Death)
    Mount Vernon, WA

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    Terry died in an assisted living facility in Mount Vernon, WA.

  • Seattle, WA (Architect's Birth)
    Seattle, WA

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PCAD id: 2128


NameDateCityState
Baptist Student Center, Seattle, WA1963SeattleWA
Blethen, William K., House, Seattle, WA1955-1957SeattleWA
Burnett, Bud, House, Madrona, Seattle, WA1950SeattleWA
Canlis Charcoal Broiler, Portland, ORPortlandOR
Canlis Charcoal Broiler, Seattle, WA1949-1950SeattleWA
Canlis Restaurant, Honolulu, HIHonoluluHI
Christiana Restaurant, Sun Valley, IDSun ValleyID
Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Church of the Redeemer #2, Kenmore, WA1964-1964KenmoreWA
Hauberg, John and Anne Gould, House #1, Madison Park, Seattle, WA1954SeattleWA
Hauberg, John and Anne Gould, House, Bainbridge Island, WABainbridge IslandWA
Hilton Hotels Corporation, Seattle Airport Hilton, Sea-Tac, WA1961Sea-TacWA
Keller, Harold Curtis and Eunice Marie Huseby, House,
Levy, Ernst and Marie, House, Ravenna, Seattle, WA1948-1949SeattleWA
Preston House, Madison Park, Seattle, WA1959SeattleWA
Ranke Building #2, Nordstrom, Incorporated, Department Store #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA1937SeattleWA
Sayres, Stanley S., House, Hunts Point, WA1948-1949Hunts PointWA
Skinner, Kayla, House, Hunts Point, WAHunts PointWA
Skinner, Ned E., House, Hunts Point, WAHunts PointWA
Smith, Paul, House, Seattle, WA1950SeattleWA
Sun Mountain Lodge, Methow Valley, WAWinthropWA
Terry, Florence Beach, House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Terry, Roland, House, Lopez Island, WA
United Airlines Building, Denny Regrade, Seattle, WA1965SeattleWA
Warren, W.E., House, Seattle, WA1949SeattleWA
Washington Park Tower, Madison Park, Seattle, WA1966-1969SeattleWA
Windjammer Restaurant #2, Shilshole Bay, Seattle, WA1962SeattleWA
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