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Male, US, born 1908-07-18, died 1959-05-16

Associated with the firms network

Christenson, Waldo B., Architect; Decker and Christenson, Architects; Decker, Christenson and Kitchin, Architects and Engineers; Decker, Christenson and Smith, Architects; McClelland and Jones, Architects

Professional History


Store Fixture Designer, Win Percy, Incorporated, 1927-1932; Christenson worked for Win Percy during his student years. Head Architect, Win Percy, Incorporated, 1932-1935; Officer, US Navy, 1943. Designer, McClelland and Jones, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1935-1945.

Principal, Waldo B. Christenson, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1945-1948; Partner, [Ralf E.] Decker, Christenson and [H.H.] Smith, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1948-1949.

Partner, Decker and Christenson, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1950-1956; in 1955, Decker and Christenson, Architects, had their office at 1411 4th Avenue in Seattle. In that year, he was a Registered Architect in the States of OR and WA.

Partner, Decker, Christenson and [Charles E.] Kitchin, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1956-1959; Partner, Decker, Christenson and Smith, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1959.


Occasional Lecturer in Architecture, Cornish School of the Arts, Seattle, WA, 1948; Lecturer, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Department of Architecture, Seattle, WA, 1952.

Professional Activities

Chairman, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington State Chapter, 1946.

Treasurer, Member, AIA, Washington State Chapter, 1947.

Member, AIA, Washington State Chapter, Chapter Affairs Committee,1948.

President, AIA, Washington State Chapter, 1948-1949;

NCARB Certified in or before 1955.

Chairman, City of Seattle, Mayor's Civic Center Committee, 1954-1955.

Director, AIA, Northwest District, 1954-1956.

Member, AIA, Washington State Chapter, Judiciary Committee, 1955-1956.

Speaker, American Institute of Architects, Washington State Chapter, "Architectural Practice," Seattle, WA, 03/25/1957. (See "First of Six Architecture Seminars Set," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 03/24/1957, p. 40.) Christenson was part of a panel discussion along with Jesse T. Wilkins, Jr., moderated by Albert O. Bumgardner.


High School/College

Attended high school in Everett, WA; B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1932.

College Awards

Christenson was a highly decorated graduate of the University of Washington School of Architecture in 1932. Tau Sigma Delta, University of Washington, Seattle, 1931; Bebb Prize, University of Washington, Seattle, 1931; Phi Beta Kappa, University of Washington, Seattle, 1932; American Institute of Architects Medal, University of Washington, Seattle, 1932;



Born in Leeds, ND, Waldo Christenson attended secondary school in the lumber town of Everett, WA, and then college at the University of Washington, graduating in an inauspicious year for architects, 1932. He lived and worked for his entire career in the Seattle area.

Christenson passed away in Woodinville, WA, at the age of 50.


His father was G. A. Christenson, his mother, Alice P. Barricknan.


He married Eleanor B. Harlowe on Thursday, 01/03/1935 in Seattle, WA. Following Christenson's death, she married Harold P. Everest on 03/03/1962 in Seattle.


When surveyed in 1955, Christenson indicated that he had had three children.

Biographical Notes

President, Seattle Coin Club, Seattle, WA, 1951. Chairman, Board of Trustees, Prospect Congregationalist Church, Seattle, WA, 1952. Member, Kiwanis Club, Seattle, WA, c. 1955.

Associated Locations

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

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PCAD id: 2615