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Male, US, born 1865, died 1939-04-05

Associated with the firms network

Blackwell and Baker, Architects; Blackwell, James Eustace, Architect; Robertson and Blackwell, Architects

Professional History


Partner, Robertson and Blackwell, Architects, Tacoma, WA, 1891-1893.

Principal, James Eustace Blackwell, Architect, Portland, OR, 1894-1897.

Partner, Robertson and Blackwell, Portland, OR, 1897-1904.

Principal, James Eustace Blackwell, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1905-1909. Blackwell had an office in Room #608 of the Mutual Life Building in Seattle. (See L.R. Stradley and Company's Seattle Business Directory, 1905, p. 7.)

Partner, Blackwell and Baker, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1909-1916. A note in the Architect and Engineer of Californiareported in 07/1910: "James E. Blackwell and Frank L. Baker, associated as Blackwell & Baker, architects, announce their removal from the Mutual Life Building to new offices at No. 824 Northern Bank building, Seattle, Wash." (See "Personal," Architect and Engineer of California, vol. XXI, no. 3, 07/1910, p. 97.)

The firm of Blackwell and Baker dissolved in late 1916. A note in the American Architect in 01/1917 reported: “Messrs. James E. Blackwell and F.L. Baker, who for many years practiced architecture under the firm name of Blackwell & Baker, Seattle, Wash., have dissolved partnership. Mr. Blackwell will continue practicing in the present offices in the Northern Bank Building, while Mr. Baker will open a new office in the Hinckley Block.” (See “Personal,” American Architect, vol. CXI, no. 2141, 01/03/1917, p. 15.)Blackwell remained in Room #824 of the Northern Bank and Trust Building in 1917. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1917, p. 1702.)

Principal, James Eustace Blackwell, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1917- . In 1918-1920, Blackwell had moved to Room #823 of the Seaboard Building. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1918, p. 1903 and R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1920, p. 1926.)

Superintendent of Buildings, CIty of Seattle, c. 1922.

Principal, James Eustace Blackwell, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1917-1938.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington Chapter, 1910-1911;

A note in the San Francisco construction periodical Building and Engineering News, quoted Blackwell when he served as the City of Seattle's Superintendent of Buildings in 1922: "James E. Blackwell, city superintendent of buildings, Seattle, Wash., has requested that the city council create the position of building construction engineer. The position of City Architect becomes vacant January 1, 1922, the council having failed to make an appropriation for the purpose. Superintendent Blackwell states that this will make necessary an officer to take over such of the architect's duties as are not essentially those of an architect, such as superintendence of construction, alterations and repair of buildings and making of estimates in connection with such work." (See "The Observer," Building and Engineering News, 01/07/1922, p. 4.)



Born in VA, Blackwell lived in WA since at least 1892. In 1910, he lived in a house that he owned without a mortgage. He died in Seattle, WA, 04/05/1939;


James E. Blackwell's parents came from VA.


Blackwell married Eleanor Blackwell c. 1890. Eleanor was born c. 1872 in TX. Her parents came from the DC.


James E. and Eleanor Blackwell had one daughter, Lenore, who was born c. 02/1892 in WA.

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