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Female, born 1928-03-03

Associated with the firms network

Chiarelli, James J., Architect; Daly, Leo A. Architects and Engineers; Hastings Group, Architects; Hastings and Warren, Architects; Hastings, Jane, Architect; McDaniel, Robert, Architect; Tucker and Shields, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Employee, Boeing Company, Ground-to-Air Pilotless Program (GAPA), Seattle, WA, Spring 1948-Fall 1948.

Retail employee, Sears, Roebuck and Company, Seattle, WA, c. 1948-1949.

Bindery employee, University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA, 1949.

Draftswoman, Boeing Company, Seattle, WA, Summer 1951-1953.

Partner, Hastings and [Anne Detwyler] Warren, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1953.

Ubited States Army, Special Services Recreation Director, Nuremberg and Oberammergau, Germany, 1954-1956.

Draftswoman, Robert McDaniel, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1957-1958. In 1957, McDaniel had an office in the Orpheum Building.

Draftswoman, Leo A. Daly, Architects and Engineers, Seattle, WA, 1957-1958.

Draftswoman, James J. Chiarelli, Architect, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1958-1959. Hastings started work for Chiarelli after a meeting on 07/30/1958.

Draftswoman, Tucker and Shields, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1959. She worked part-time with Tucker and Shields at the same time that she was developing her own practice in 1959.

Principal, L. Jane Hastings, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1959-1974. By 1961, she had opened an office in Seattle's University District, at the corner of 43rd Street NE and NE University Way.

Principal, The Hastings Group, Seattle, WA, 1974- c. 1995. According to the International Archive of Women Architects, "The Hastings Group carried out work on more than 500 residential projects primarily in the Seattle and surrounding areas. Other projects of the Hastings Group include: small commercial and university facilities remodeling, Sea-Tac Airport renovations, I-90 bridge approach, and historic restoration of an Indian Tribal building." (See Virginia Tech.edu, Newman Library, Special Collections, "A Guide to the L. Jane Hastings Architectural Papers, 1951-1998, n.d.," accessed 04/22/2019.)

Teaching

Lecturer, University of Washington, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Design Studios, Seattle, WA.

Instructor, Seattle Community College, Architectural Drafting Program, Seattle, WA, 10 years.

Professional Activities

Registered Architect, State of WA, 1953. Hastings became the eighth woman to become a Registered Architect in the State of WA.

NCARB certified in site planning, Certificate #3054, 1958.

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1951- .

Member, of the Confernce Planning Committee, AIA and Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Seventh Northwest Regional Conference of Architects, 10/09-12/1958, Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Albert Bumgardner served as the chair of this committee. (See "Washington, B.C. Architects To Hold Regional Parley," Seattle Times, 09/14/1958, p. 39.)

Chair, AIA, Washington Chapter, Home of Month Program, Seattle, WA, 1958. (See "Architects To Convene Thursday," Seattle Times, 02/02/1958, p. 35.)

Member, Fashion Group, Seattle Chapter, Seattle, WA, 1960s.

Member, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Board of Directors, Seattle, WA, 1967-1970.

Panel member, “Designing Women” Western Merchandise Mart, California Contract Show, San Francisco. 1975. (See Joan McKinney, “They Have Designs on Women’s Roles,” Oakland Tribune, 07/19/1975, p. 17.)

Member, International Union of Women Architects (UIFA), 1968- .

President, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle Chapter, 1975. (Hastings was the first female President of the Seattle Chapter.)

Member, AIA, Washington State Council, 1975. Chair, Council of Design Professionals,

Juror, Red Cedar Shingle and Handsplit Shake Bureau, Biennial Awards Program, 1977.

Pacific Northwest Regional Representative, AIA, National Board of Directors, Washington, DC, 1982-1986. She and Nancy R. McAdams were the first two women to serve on the AIA National Board of Directors in the organizations's history.

Chancellor, American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows, 1992. (Hastings was the first woman to become Chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows.)

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1980.

American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, Seattle Medal, 1995;

Archives

Her papers and facisimiles of some drawings have been archived at the International Archive of Women Architects, Virginia Tech University, Newman Library, Special Collections, "A Guide to the L. Jane Hastings Architectural Papers, 1951-1998, n.d.," Ms2004-004, accessed 04/22/2019.)

The University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections also has original drawings by L. Jane Hastings.

Education

College

Graduate, West Seattle High School, West Seattle, Seattle, WA, 06/1945.

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 09/1946-06/1952. Jane attended school part-time so she could earn enough money to pay for school.

College Awards

Elected to Tau Sigma Delta Honorary Fraternity, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1951.

Recipient, Alpha Rho Chi Medal, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1952.

Personal

Relocation

Born in Seattle, L. Jane Hastings grew up as the only girl in a family with two older brothers and six male cousins. In such an environment, she learned early on to assert herself and follow through on goals she set regardless of whether they were seen as appropriate for women. In 1930, she resided with her family at 9015 38th Avenue SW in Seattle, WA, according to the US Census. She lived at this address with her brothers James and H. Arthur and her parents, Camille and Harry Hastings. In addition, her maternal grandmother Bessie B. Pugh also stayed with the family. In 1930, the house had an approximate value of $3,500, in line with those of surrounding dwellings. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Page: 51A; Enumeration District: 0416; FHL microfilm: 2342238, accessed 09/05/2022.)

As a child during the Depression living in a working class family, Hastings needed to find work at an early age. As noted by Marga Rose Hancock: "In the post-Depression era, Hastings worked, beginning at age 10, doing cooking, laundry, and other household chores for a neighbor who kept boarders. In her early teens she also babysat after school until midnight, and in the summers did hospital kitchen work in 12-hour shifts, pumped gas, and repaired tires at a local service station; sold bakery and yard goods in a department store; and wrote copy and set type in a Sears Roebuck print shop. In her free time as a teenager and continuing through college, she pursued an active athletic life as a member of the YMCA in Fauntleroy, teaching swimming, life-guarding, and playing team sports." (See Marga Rose Hancock, Historylink.org, "Hastings, L. Jane (b. 1928)," published 07/24/2009, accessed 11/03/2022.)

By 1940, the Hastings lived at 9400 35th Avenue SW in the Fauntleroy neighborhood of Seattle. Bessie Pugh continued to live with Jane and her family. According to the 1940 US Census, Bessie resided in San Francisco, CA, in 1935, although the family had been in the same house since that time. The residence had a value of $2,700 as per the census. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04383; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 40-328, accessed 09/05/2022.)

The US Census of 1950 located the Hastings Family at the same address, 9400 35th Avenue SW. Four people lived at home, Jane, her parents and her brother Arthur. Jane attended the University of Washington at this time, and had a student job in "book binding and repair." (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 3078; Sheet Number: 21; Enumeration District: 40-908, accessed 09/05/2022.) She remained living at home in 1951. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1951, p. 541.)

Jane traveled aboard the transport ship, USNS Geiger, between New York, NY, and Bremerhaven, Germany beginning on 05/17/1954. She indicated that she would be in Europe for two years, and had a home address of 317 18th Street in Seattle. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes Departing from New York, New York, 07/01/1948-12/31/1956; NAI Number: 3335533; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A4169; NARA Roll Number: 260, accessed 09/05/2022.)

Parents

Her father was Harry Clater Hastings (born 07/11/1888 in Carlisle, IN-d. 12/06/1966 in Seattle, WA), who worked as a logger and trucker. He came west with his parents via CO to WA, settiling in Seattle by at least 1910. Her mother was Amelia Matilda "Camille" Pugh (born 07/25/1897 in Los Angeles, CA-d. 05/03/1989 in Seattle, WA). They wed on 06/27/1923 at Plymouth Church in Seattle. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information Ancestry.com. Washington, U.S., County Marriages, 1855-2008 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014, accessed 09/05/2022.) As per the 1930 US Census, Harry worked as a truck driver for a fuel company. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Page: 51A; Enumeration District: 0416; FHL microfilm: 2342238, accessed 09/05/2022.) He continued to drive a truck for an oil company in 1940. The 1940 Census recorded that Camille worked as a hat maker for a wholesale manufacturer. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04383; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 40-328, accessed 09/05/2022.)

Amelia's father had died early in her life, forcing her mother and her two daughters to become self-sifficient and independent. She moved from Los Angeles to Northern CA, to the Sonoma County town of Santa Rosa, where she lived on her own at a young age. Later, she relocated to Seattle, where she worked as a hat maker in the millinery departmetnt of the Downtown Frederick and Nelson Department Store. Growing up. few mothers that Jane knew worked outside the home. Marga Rose Hancock quoted Jane in her Historylink.org biography of her: "'Among my friends, I had the only working mother. All the women in my family were skilled as seamstresses, tailors, artists, or milliners. I grew up with the belief that women worked, so why not choose some occupation that you liked? I knew I would be a working woman in my adult life'" (See Marga Rose Hancock, Historylink.org, "Hastings, L. Jane (b. 1928)," published 07/24/2009, accessed 11/03/2022.) As she mentioned, her mother's independence and will to work inspired her own desire to have a career.

Harry's parents were William Shepherd Hastings (born 04/21/1853 in IN-d. 09/28/1933 in Seattle, WA) and Rebecca Luella Lisman (born 10/25/1863 in Carlisle, IN-d. 09/04/1933 in Seattle, WA). William worked as a butter maker in 1900, while Rebecca managed their Hamilton, IN, household with five children. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Hamilton, Sullivan, Indiana; Roll: 405; Page: 3; Enumeration District: 0132; FHL microfilm: 1240405, accessed 09/05/2022.) In 1910, William operated a grocery store in Seattle, while Harry worked as an automobile "machinist," both living with the rest of their family at 304 West Smith Street in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Seattle Ward 3, King, Washington; Roll: T624_1659; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0160; FHL microfilm: 1375672, 09/05/2022.)

Her mother's parents were Bessie Belle Bishop born c. 07/1874 in CA) and Samuel A. Pugh (born c. 08/1869 in MO) Samuel worked as a cook in Los Angeles in 1900. Bessie raised the couple's two daughters, Amelia and Lois Pugh Moffitt (born c. 05/1899 in Los Angeles, CA-d. 12/16/1972 in San Mateo, CA). (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Los Angeles Ward 7, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 90; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0076; FHL microfilm: 1240090, accessed 09/05/2022.)

Lois married Clarence Woodbury Moffitt (d. 08/09/1960 in San Francisco, CA) in late 1936. At the time of her marriage, Lois worked as an instructor at Heald's Business College in San Francisco. (See "Clarence W. Moffitt Weds Teacher," Roseville Press-Tribune, 12/04/1936, p. 4.) Clarence became the General Chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers in 1945. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1945, p. 1235.)

Jane's two brothers were James Calvin Hastings (born 07/04/1924 in Seattle, WA-d. 02/05/1985 in Seattle, WA) and Harry Arthur Hastings (born 04/29/1926 in Seattle, WA-d. 03/20/1961 in WA). James graduated from West Seattle High School in 1943 and served in the US Navy between 08/18/1944 and 07/15/1946. (See West Seattle High School Kimtah Yearbook, 1943, p. 32, and Ancestry.com, Source Information Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011, accessed 09/05/2022.) By 1950, he worked as a mechanic at the Boeing Company, and a year later as a salesman for Thomas Alberg Relators. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1951, p. 541.)

Arthur Hastings worked as a garage mechanic in 1950 and as a driver for Lyon Van Lines in 1957. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 3078; Sheet Number: 21; Enumeration District: 40-908, accessed 09/05/2022 and Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1957, p. 644.) He died in a boating accident with a friend off Whidbey Island in 1961.

Spouse

Jane Hastings married Norman J. Johnston (1918-2015), Professor of Architecture at the UW, on 11/22/1969 in Seattle. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington, Marriage Index, 1969-2014, accessed 09/05/2022.) They had gone on their first date in 11/1961.

Children

She and Norm Johnston did not have any children.

Biographical Notes

Professionally, she was known as "L. Jane Hastings." She did not use the name "Lois," but went by "Jane."

Up until 11/03/2022, PCAD erroneously included the birthdate of Jane Hastings as 03/13/2022. The correct day was 03/03/2022.

A University of Washington M.Arch., student, Gloria June Peterson, wrote her 1996 thesis on Hastings, entitled Giving Voice: Women in Architecture, Pacific Northwest.

Member, American Women for International Understanding (AWIU), 1960s-1970s.



Associated Locations

PCAD id: 2845