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Male, US, born 1908-05-08, died 1991-01-29

Associated with the firms network

DLR Group / John Graham Associates; Graham and Painter, Limited, Architects and Engineers; Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers

Professional History


Partner, Graham and [Wilfred L.] Painter, Architects, Seattle, WA, New York, NY, and Shanghai, China, 1937-1942. Due to the Japanese incursion into Shangai beginning in 08/1937, partner Wilfred L. Painter, an engineer, closed the Shanghai Office of Graham and Painter at 668 Szechuan Road.

Designer, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, 1937, 1946-1986. John Graham, Jr., had assumed full responsibility for the firm after his father's retirement at the end of 1945.

In 1962, the address of John Graham and Company was: 1426 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA. Following World War II, John Graham and Company, under the leadership of John Graham, Jr., became an important designer of shopping centers in the US, responsible for a number of notable ones, including Northgate, Seattle (1950), Capitol Court, Milwaukee, WI, (1957) and the Lloyd Center, Portland, OR, (1960). Gruen and Associates, of Los Angeles, also became a leading designer of shopping centers and then shopping malls.


The John Graham and Company Architectural Drawings and Photograph Collection #339 held in the Special Collections Division of the University of Washington Libraries, contained (in 2012): 111 architectural projects for which there were 193 architectural drawings of various sizes, 516 variously sized photographic prints, and 74 slides and 226 negatives. (See "Guide to the John Graham & Company Architectural Drawings and Photograph Collection,"Accessed 10/23/2014.)


High School and College

Coursework, Moran School, Seattle, WA.

Graduate, Queen Anne High School, Seattle, WA, 1925.

Coursework, University of Washington, Architecture Department, Seattle, WA, 1926-1928.

B.F.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1928-1931.

College Awards

High Honors, Beaux-Arts Institute of Design (BAID) Competition, New York, NY, 07/1931; Graham, Jr., had the third highest score in the Institute's annual national student competition in 1931. (See "J. Graham, Jr., Wins Honors as Architect," Seattle Times, 07/23/1931, p. 3.)



He began a branch of the family architectural firm in New York, NY, in 1937.

During World War II, Graham lived in the Washington, DC, area, where he sailed on Chesapeake Bay. By early 10/1946, Graham had moved his family back to Seattle, where they lived on Queen Anne Hill.

Graham's last address was in the 98101 zip code area of Seattle, WA.


His father was the successful Seattle architect and founder of John Graham and Company, John Graham, Sr., (born 1873 in Liverpool, England-d. 03/19/1955 in Hong Kong).

His mother was Hallie C. Jackson (born 04/29/1883 in Greeley, CO-d. 10/05/1975 in Seattle, WA).


He and his wife had two daughters, Jane Graham Sutherland (b. 1944) and Barbara Ann Graham (b. 02/05/1946 in Seattle, WA).

Biographical Notes

The Washington Death Index had his date of birth as 04/08/1908; landscape architect and historian Duane Dietz recorded it as 05/08/1908.

He was informally known as "Jack."

Member, Seattle Yacht Club; Graham, Jr., was very active in the Seattle Yacht Club during the 1920s-1930s. In his youth, he was a Vice-Commodore of the Seattle Yacht Club's Junior division. John Graham, Sr. enjoyed yachting while Jr. had a deeper interest in sailing. Father beat son in a race noted in a Seattle Times article of 09/06/1920. (See "Crack Sailing Yachts which Participated in Regatta," Seattle Times, 09/06/1920 [p. 5].)

In the late 1930s, John, Jr., owned a sloop named the "Live Yankee." He spent the war years in Washington, DC, where he joined the Annapolis Yacht Club. In 06-07/1946, Graham sailed his 67-foot yawl, "Maruffa," in the 635-mile Newport, RI, to Bermuda Race. (See Alex Shults, "From the Scorebook," Seattle Times, 06/30/1946, p. 17.) In addition, when he moved back to Seattle from Washington, DC, in 10/1946, he sailed the Maruffa from its dock in Annapolis, down the East Coast, through the Panama Canal and up the West Coast to Puget Sound. The Maruffa won its class in a Transpac Race (Los Angeles-to-Honolulu route) held after World War II.

SSN: 534-01-4086.

Associated Locations

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

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PCAD id: 2159

1 Capital Center, Boise, ID1975BoiseID
1111 3rd Avenue Office Building, Seattle, WA1980SeattleWA
1st Methodist Episcopal Church #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA1907-1910SeattleWA
44 Montgomery Street Office Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1967San FranciscoCA
520 Pike Street Tower, Downtown, Seattle, WA1983SeattleWA
Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu, HI1958-1960HonoluluHI
Auburn Downs Racetrack, Auburn, WAAuburnWA
Bank of California, Office Building #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA1971-1974SeattleWA
Bellevue Athletic Club, West Bellevue, Bellevue, WA1979BellevueWA
Bellevue Square Shopping Center, Frederick and Nelson, Incorporated, Department Store, Bellevue, WA1955-1956BellevueWA
Bon Marche Department Store, Downtown, Eugene, OR1954EugeneOR
Cable Car Lodge Project, South Sandia Peak, NM1962South Sandia PeakNM
Calais Office Center I and II, Anchorage, AK1974AnchorageAK
Capitol Court Shopping Center, Milwaukee, WI1953-1956MilwaukeeWI
Channing House Retirement Center, Palo Alto, CA1961-1964Palo AltoCA
City of Anacortes, Comprehensive Plan, Anacortes, WA1960-1961AnacortesWA
City of Puyallup, Master Plan, Puyallup, WA1964PuyallupWA
College Grove Shopping Center, San Diego, CA1959-1960San DiegoCA
Exeter Apartment Hotel, Tower, First Hill, Seattle, WA1926-1927SeattleWA
Frederick and Nelson, Incorporated, Department Store #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA1916-1918SeattleWA
Gulfgate Shopping Center, Houston, TX 1954-1956HoustonTX
Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI1962-1964HonoluluHI
Judson Park at Zenith Retirement Home, Apartment Building, Des Moines, WA1962-1963Des MoinesWA
Lewis and Clark Theatre and Bowl, Tukwila, WA1956TukwilaWA
Mason Clinic, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Montgomery Mall, Bethesda, MD1968BethesdaMD
Moorestown Mall, Burlington County, NJ1963MoorestownNJ
Northgate Medical-Dental Building, Northgate, Seattle, WA SeattleWA
Northgate Shopping Center, Northgate, Seattle, WA1948-1950SeattleWA
Olympic Hotel #2, Parking Garage Project, Downtown, Seattle, WA1963SeattleWA
Park Royal Shopping Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada1950VancouverBC
Pioneer Square Redevelopment Project, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1966SeattleWA
Presbyterian Ministries, Incorporated, Park Shore Apartments, Madison Park, Seattle, WA1962-1963SeattleWA
Seattle 1st Methodist Homes, Incorporated, Bayview Manor, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1959-1961SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Dunlap Elementary School #3, Seattle, WA1923-1924SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Lafayette Elementary School #2, West Seattle, Seattle, WA1950SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Whittier, John Greenleaf, Elementary School #3, Ballard, Seattle, WA1998-1999SeattleWA
Seattle World's Fair, Space Needle, Seattle, WA1960-1962SeattleWA
Severance Town Center, Cleveland Heights, OH1963Cleveland HeightsOH
Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Downtown, Seattle, WA1978-1982SeattleWA
South Sandia Retail and Hotel Development Project, South Sandia, NM
Southcenter Shopping Mall, Tukwila, WA1968TukwilaWA
Southland Center, Hayward, CA1964HaywardCA
State of Alaska, Office Building, Downtown, Juneau, AK1972-1975JuneauAK
Stimson Center Project, Seattle, WASeattleWA
United States Army (USA), Fort Lewis, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, WA1985-1987Fort LewisWA
United States Government, Federal Office Building #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA1971-1974SeattleWA
United States Navy (USN), Naval Regional Medical Center, Bremerton, WA1978-1981BremertonWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Van de Graaf Accelerator Building, Seattle, WA1963SeattleWA
Washington Natural Gas Building, South Lake Union, Seattle, WA1963-1964SeattleWA
Western International Hotels Company, Washington Plaza Hotel, Downtown, Seattle, WA1967-1969SeattleWA
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