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Male, US, born 08/10/1887, died 1958

Associated with the firms network

Grainger, Thomas and Baar, Architects; Johanson, Bain, Brady and Grainger, Architects; Naramore, Grainger and Johanson, Architects; Naramore, Grainger and Thomas, Architects; Thomas and Grainger, Architects; Thomas, Grainger and Thomas, Architects; Willatzen, Andrew C.P., Architect

Professional History

Draftsman, [Harlan] Thomas, Russell and [Walter E.] Rice, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1910-1912; in 1917, Grainger had served 3 months in the Washington National Guard; he reported in 1955 having worked for various other firms, 1912-1923; Architectural Draftsman, Andrew C.P. Willatzen (also spelled Willatsen), Architect, Seattle, WA, c. 1917; on the US Census form of 1920, Grainger indicated his profession as a salaried "draftsman" for an architect. Partner, [Harlan] Thomas and Grainger, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1924-1926; Partner, Thomas, Grainger and [Donald P.] Thomas, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1927-1942, 1946-1949; Associate, [Floyd] Naramore, Grainger and Thomas, Associated Architects, Seattle, WA, 1935-1937, the firm assembled to work on the Bagley Hall Chemistry and Pharmacy Building at the University of Washington; Partner, Naramore, Grainger and [Perry]Johanson, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1942; Partner, Johanson, [William, Sr.] Bain, [Clifton] Brady and Grainger, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1945-1946; Partner, Grainger, [Donald P.] Thomas and [Edwin J.] Baar, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1950-1957; Grainger retired in 1957.

Completed 15-week course, Camouflage School, Camouflage Division, Office of Civilian Defense, University of Washington, 10-12/1942; President, Washington State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1943-1945. In a 1955 biographical profile, Grainger indicated that he was a Registered Architect in the State of Washington.


On 06/06/1900, 13-year-old Clyde Grainger lived with his family in Alderton, Pierce County, WA; at this time, Clyde's grandfather, John, (born 02/1819 in Ireland, arriving in the US in 1843) lived with the family. The household also included a servant in 1900, Anna Hardtke (born 10/1884 in Germany). The 1910 Federal Census (taken 04/20/1910) noted that Grainger was unemployed at this time, living at 5224 19th Avenue NE in Seattle, WA, along with two other young men and a housekeeper. Grainger reported an address of 6546 52nd Avenue NE, Seattle, WA, in 1942; he continued to list this address as his residence in 1955.

His father was Robert Grainger (born 02/1857 in MO), a farmer in 1900; Robert Grainger's parents had come from Ireland; Clyde's mother was Eliza Grainger (born 03/1852); successive censuses indicated her birthplace to have been WA (1900), IN (1910) and KY (1910); her father and mother originated in KY and IN. Robert and Eliza married in 1880; they had three children, only one of whom--Clyde--was alive in 1900.

Grainger married Clara Moble (born c. 1886 in MN) in 1913. Clara's parents came from Nova Scotia, Canada.

In a 1955 biographical profile, Grainger reported having had one child, Robert; according to Washington State birth records, he had been born 01/31/1914;

Grainger reported his birthplace as Chehalis, WA, on his World War I Draft Registration Card, written in 1917; this card also indicated his height and build to have been medium, with grey eyes and brown hair.

Associated Locations

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

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PCAD id: 2255