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Male, UK/US, born 1899-07-27, died 1980-04-06

Associated with the firms network

Bebb and Jones, Architects; Bindon, Wright and Partners, Architects; Jones and Bindon, Architects; Reamer, Robert C., Architect; Thiry, Paul, AIA, Architect


Professional History

Résumé

Assistant Bookkeeper, Bellingham, WA, 09/1918.

Draftsman, Robert C. Reamer, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1925-1926.

Draftsman, Voorhees, Walker, and Smith, New York, NY, 1927-1928.

Draftsman, James Gamble Rogers, New York, NY, 1928.

Designer, Paul Thiry, Seattle, WA, 1933-1934.

Principal, Leonard William Bindon, Architect, Bellingham, WA, 1934-1940.

Officer, United States Army (USA), 1940-1945.

Designer, Bebb and Jones, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1946-1948.

Partner, Jones and Bindon, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1948-1956.

Partner, Bindon, Wright, and Partners, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1956-1970. This architectural partnership would be renamed "Wright, Gildow, Hartman, Teegarden, Architects and Planners" in 10/1973. An 1973 article in the Seattle Times tracted out the firm's development since being founded by Charles Bebb (1862-1942) in 1898: “A Seattle architectural firm founded in 1898 has completed its sixth name change, becoming Wright, Gildow, Hartman and Teegarden, Architects and Planners,” Principals in the firm are John Wright, Elton Gildow, George Hartman and Clark Teegarden. Four members of the staff have associate standings. Partnership denotes an ownership interest in the firm while associate ranking is given to key members who are not owners. The firm traces its founding from 1898, when Charles Bebb began his civil-engineer practice here on arrival from Chicago. In 1913, Carl Gould joined him in a partnership, Bebb & Gould. On Gould’s death in 1939, the firm became Bebb & Jones, and on Bebb’s retirement, in 1946 it became Jones & Bindon. John Paul Jones, longtime architect for the University of Washington, retired in 1956, and Wright became a partner. Leonard Bindon retired in 1970, and the present partnership was formed as Bindon & Wright. The firm’s early work includes structures such as the Frye Hotel, the Home Building, the Suzzallo Library and the Times Square Building. Gildow, in charge of administration, has been with the firm since 1954. Hartman, in charge of design, since 1959, and Teegarden, in charge of production and personnel, since 1947. The firm has wholly owned affiliates offering planning and interior-design services.”(See “Old architectural firm reports name change,” Seattle Times, 10/07/1973, p, 44.)Bebb practiced on his own in Seattle between 1898 and 1901 and then created a partnership with Louis Mendel between 1901 and 1914.

Professional Activities

Bindon took the Washington State Architect's Exam three times, once on 05/18/1926, again on 12/04/1929 and finally on 11/12/1930. It appears he passed in 1930.

Education

Elementary and High School / College

Attended, John Roan School, London, England, c. 1907-1910.

Graduate, Polson High School, Polson, MT.

Coursework, Engineering and Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, c. 1920-1924. The 1940 US Census indicated that Bindon completed four years of college. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04368; Page: 62A; Enumeration District: 37-33, accessed 01/17/2023.) His WA State architectural licensing paperwork of 12/11/1930 indicated that he attended the University of Washington for four years, but did not graduate. It also indicated that Bindon "...changed course from Eng to Arch."

Possible coursework, Columbia University, New York, NY, c. 1926-1927. Bindon indicated that he had attended Columbia University in 1926 and/or 1927, while he lived in New York, NY. (See American Architects Directory, 1956, George S. Koyl, ed., [New York: R.R. Bowker and Company, 1955], p, 44 and American Architects Directory, 1962, George S. Koyl, ed., [New York: R.R. Bowker and Company, 1962], p, 56.) It is not clear in what capacity he attended Columbia, either as a matriculated student or as an auditor.

Personal

Relocation

Leonard W.S. Bindon was born in West Brompton, England, a suburb in southwest London. West Brompton was a section of London located between the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Bindon was baptized in the Parish of Saint Oswald Church, 56 Saint Oswald's Road, Fulham, Middlesex, on 07/15/1899. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; London Church of England Parish Registers; Reference Number: P77/OSW/001, accessed 01/17/2023.) He lived with his parents James and Helen Bindon at 56 Saint Oswald's Road in Fulham as per the English Census of 1901. The household also included his infant brother Douglas, cousins Claude Burton (born c. 1896 in Madras, India), Cyril Burton (born c. 1898 in Mysore, India), and Vere Burton (born c. 1900 in Mysore, IN), and a nurse, Kitty Kannard, (born c. 1872 in Madras, India). (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Class: RG13; Piece: 61; Folio: 86; Page: 46 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives, 1901, accessed 01/17/2023.)

He came to the US with his family in 04/1911. On 09/12/1918, Bindon resided with his parents at 2117 Williams Street in Bellingham, WA.

Bindon and his wife resided at 310 Middlefield Road, in Bellingham's Fairhaven neighborhood, as per the 1940 US Census. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04368; Page: 62A; Enumeration District: 37-33, accessed 01/17/2023.)

Bindon's last residence was in the 98004 zip code of Bellevue, WA. The architect passed away on 04/06/1980 in King County, WA.

Parents

His mother was Helen Grace Bindon (born c. 1870 in Madras, India), his father, James Patterson Bindon (born c. 1870 in Portishead, Somerset, England). James worked as an electrician in 1899. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; London Church of England Parish Registers; Reference Number: P77/OSW/001, accessed 01/17/2023.) The 1901 England Census described James Bindon as an "electric fitter" and an employer. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Class: RG13; Piece: 61; Folio: 86; Page: 46 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives, 1901, accessed 01/17/2023.)

He had a brother Douglas Bindon (born c. 1901 in West Brompton, England).

Spouse

Leonard Bindon married Bernice Von Keuren on 04/24/1929 in Seattle, WA.

Biographical Notes

Leonard Bindon was naturalized an American citizen on 12/26/1925.

SSN: 533-28-3009.



Associated Locations

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

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PCAD id: 2384


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