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Male, Germany/US, born 1853-10-11, died 1929-03-04

Associated with the firms network

City of Seattle, Building Department, Superitendent, Josenhans, Timotheus; Josenhans and Allan, Architects; Josenhans, Timotheus, Architect; Sherwin, Joseph, Architect; Steinmann, Hermann, Architect; Stephen and Josenhans, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, William LeBaron Jenney, Architect, Chicago, IL, c. 1878. Jenney (1832-1907) was one of the leading skyscraper architects of his time in Chicago.

Draftsman, Sherwin and Williams, Architects, Portland, OR, c. 1880.

German Teacher/Civil Engineer, McGregor, IA, School System, c. 1880.

Railroad Construction Engineer, Chicago, IL, c. 1881.

Engineer, Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, New Mexico, c. 1885.

Engineer, California Southern Railway, San Diego-San Bernardino line, c. 1886.

Draftsman, Joseph Sherwin, Architect, Portland, OR, c. 1887; Designer, Warren Haywood Williams, Architect, Portland, OR, c. 1887.

Draftsman/Architectural Foreman, Hermann Steinmann, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1888-1889.

Partner, [James] Stephen and Josenhans, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1894-1897.

Principal, Timotheus Josenhans, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1890-1893, 1913.

Partner, Josenhans and [Norris B.] Allan, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1897-c. 1912.

City of Seattle, Building Inspector, Seattle, WA, c. 1900.

City Building Superintendent, City of Seattle, WA, 02/02/1914-c. 1920; Mayor George F. Cotterill removed R.H. Ober on 02/02/1914 as City Superintendent of Buildings and appointed Josenhans.

Principal, Timotheus Josenhans, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1921-1922.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects, Washington Chapter, 1910-1911.

Josenhans and his partner Norris Allan lost an embarrassing court case that made its way through the State of WA's court system in 1913-1915. According to the Seattle Times: "A number of other decisions of greater or less importance were handed down by the court yesterday. The supreme court affirms the judgement of $1,100 in favor of School District No. 172, King County, against Timotheus Josenhans and Norris B. Allen, architects, who designed a two-story schoolhouse at Cedar Falls which collapsed as the result of accumulation of snow upon its roof January 13, 1913." (See "Coroners Remain on County Jobs," Seattle Daily Times, 12/16/1915, p. 12.)



Josenhans went to public secondary schools in MI.

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1878; at Michigan, Josenhans was a student of the important Chicago architect (and founder of the UM Architecture Department), William LeBaron Jenney (1832-1907). Jenney was instrumental in the development of the modern skyscraper.



Timotheus Anton Christof Josenhans was born in Leonberg, Württemberg, Germany, and immigrated to the US in 1855. Between 06/15/1855-07/06/1855, Josenhans sailed from Le Havre, France to New York, NY. His family settled first in Ann Arbor, MI. Josenhans, then single, worked as a civil engineer in McGregor, IA, in 1880.

He came to Seattle, WA, on 03/01/1888. His name (and that of his wife) showed up on the last Washington Territorial Census of 07/1889, done just before Washington became a State on 11/11/1889. At this time, he worked in Epler Building and lived at 410 Bell Street. A year or two later, c. 1890, he worked in Room #32 of the Phinney Building. In 1900, Timotheus lived in a residence at 1607 3rd Avenue West, with his wife, two daughters and parents-in-law. Ten years later, they resided at 1936 7th Avenue West. In 1913, he listed his residence as 5645 34th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA. Josenhans died at Saint Luke's Hospital in Seattle, on Monday, 03/04/1929.


His family came from the State of Württemberg, in the southwest corner of Germany. His father was Jonathan Josenhans, his mother, Charlotte Weigle Josenhans.


He married Emma Laura Parsons (born c. 05/1859 in the Sivas Province of Turkey) in 1888 or so. Her parents were missionaries in Turkey where she was born. Her father was the minister, Benjamin Parsons, (born 01/1826 in NJ) and her mother, Sarah W. Parsons, (born 12/1831 in MA.) They married c. 1854. The Parsons had had four children, three of whom were alive in 1900.


Timotheus and Emma Josenhans had two daughters: Sarah Charlotte (born 03/31/1890 in Seattle, WA) and Margaret Parsons (born 03/18/1891 in Seattle, WA).

Biographical Notes

Josenhans first applied for naturalization on 01/08/1908, and it was formalized on 01/09/1913.

Associated Locations

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

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PCAD id: 2726

508 Garfield Street House, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1911SeattleWA
Drexel Building, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1888SeattleWA
Emmanuel Baptist Church, Seattle, WA1906
Hambach Building #2, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1904-1905SeattleWA
Hambach Building, 313 2nd Avenue Extension South / 220 2nd Avenue South, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1904-1905SeattleWA
Hemrich Brothers, Brewing Company, Stables, South Lake Union, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Hemrich and Company, Brewery, Railroad Avenue Building, Seattle, WA1905
Hill, Jeannette K., House, Seattle, WA1900SeattleWA
Josenhans, Timotheus, House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
King County School District #172, Cedar Falls School, Cedar Falls, WA1911-1911Cedar FallsWA
Marion Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA1902SeattleWA
Oregon Building, Belltown, Seattle, WA1901-1902SeattleWA
Phillips, J. Milton, House, Miller Park, Seattle, WA 1900SeattleWA
Polson, Perry and Kate, House, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1905-1906SeattleWA
Powels, J.B., House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Queen Anne Methodist Episcopal Church, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1905SeattleWA
Seattle Brewing and Malting Company, Building, Auburn, WA1905
Sullivan, Patrick and Joanna, House, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA1898SeattleWA
Thompson, George M., House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Triple House, 7th Avenue and Union Street, Seattle, WA1900-1901SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Clark, William, Hall, Seattle, WA1899SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Lewis, Meriwether, Hall, Seattle, WA1896-1899SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Powerhouse #1, Seattle, WA 1901-1902SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Science Building, Seattle, WA1901-1902SeattleWA
Westminster Presbyterian Church #1, First Hill, Seattle, WA 1899SeattleWA