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Male, US, born 1858-07-19, died 1952-02-23

Associated with the firms network

Darmer, C. August, Architect; Farrell and Darmer, Architects

Professional History


Dtaftsman, Warren Williams, Portland, OR, c. 1883.

Partner, Darmer and Farrell, Architects, Tacoma, WA, 1885-c. 1892.

Principal, C.A. Darmer, Architect, Tacoma, WA, c. 1892-1908, c. 1916- . Darmer leased office space at 954 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma in 1893. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Tacoma, Washington, City Directory, 1893, p. 926.) Only four architects were listed in the R.L. Polk and Company's Tacoma City Directory of 1900: G.W. Bullard, C.A. Darmer, John G. Proctor and Ambrose J. Russell. Darmer occupied Office #417-418 in the Califronia Building, Tacoma, in 1900, and moved to 111 South C Street by 1905.

Partner, Darmer and [Otis] Cutting, Architects, Tacoma, WA, c. 1907-1913. Darmer and Cutting had their office at 1111 South C Street in Tacoma, in 1909. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Tacoma, Washington, City Directory, 1909, p. 917.)

Darmer enjoyed a long and productive career, working well into his 80s.


A small number of architectural drawings by Darmer were deposited at the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division.



Born in Stralsund, Germany, Darmer came to the United States on board the ship, Khorasan, from Sydney, NSW, Australia, on 11/01/1881. He first lived in San Francisco, CA, before relocating briefly in Portland, OR.

Following his stay in Portland, Darmer moved north to Tacoma, WA, then having been just named the western terminus of tne Northern Pacific Railway.

According to the US Census of 1930, Darmer and his wife lived in a rented dwelling at 717 North 3rd Street in Tacoma costing $75 per month in rent. They did own a radio set at the time, a base line marker of modernity captured by the 1930 US Census.

He died at age 93 in Tacoma, WA.


His parents were Edward Darmer and Martha Darmer.


Carl August Darmer married Sophia C. Schultz (born c. 1864 in Germany) c. 1885.


Carl and Sophia had three children: Louise Darmer (born c. 1883), Edwill August Darmer (born 10/1890) and Gretchen L. Darmer Howard (born 01/06/1895 in Tacoma, WA--d. 03/10/1984 in San Mateo County, CA).

Gretchen may also have been called "Margaret" and married Lowry S. Howard on 12/22/1919 in Tacoma, WA.

Biographical Notes

Darmer was made a naturalized US citizen in the US District Court of the 2nd Judicial District at Tacoma, WA, 06/25/1888. (See, Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Roll #: 1067; Volume #: Roll 1067 - Certificates: 170376-170749, 11 Feb 1920-12 Feb 1920, accessed 07/22/2021.)

Darmer, his wife, Sophie, and two children, traveled aboard the Normannia from Hamburg, Germany, to New York, NY, (through Southampton, UK) arriving on 09/21/1891.

On a US Passport document of 03/15/1911, Darmer indicated that he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, had a "roman" nose, blonde hair, high forehead and an oval face.

Associated Locations

  • Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Germany (Architect's Birth)
    Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Germany

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