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Male, born 1909-11-13, died 1998-09-05

Associated with the firms network

Mahlum Architects, Incorporated; Mahlum and Mahlum, Architects; Mahlum, Edward K., Architect; Mahlum, Mahlum and Nordfors, Architects; Maloney, John W., Architect; Naramore, Bain, Brady, and Johanson, (NBBJ)

Professional History


Designer, M.O. Foss and Company, Fergus Falls, MN, Architects and Engineers, 1934-1938; (Foss had been founded in Fargo, ND, in 1898.) Designer, Clarence Howard Johnston, Architect, Saint Paul, MN, 1938-1940; Draftsman, Naramore, Brady, Bain and Johanson (NBBJ), Seattle, WA, 1940-1948; Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Intelligence Service, 1942-1946; (Mahlum remained in the U.S. Intelligence Service Reserve until at least 1962); Principal, Edward K. Mahlum, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1948-1968; Head Architect, John W. Maloney, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1953-1957; Partner, Mahlum and [John] Mahlum, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1968-1976. Partner, Mahlum, Mahlum and Nordfors, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1975-1979.

Professional Activities

Mahlum joined the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, in 1948. Chairman, Industrial Relations Committee, AIA, Seattle Chapter, 1960; Member, Exhibitions Committee, AIA, Seattle Chapter, 1961; When surveyed in 1962, Mahlum was a Registered Architect in the States of OR and CA; Mahlum was also NCARB-certified, c. 1962; Member, Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Puget Sound Chapter; President, Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Puget Sound Chapter, 1966-1967;

Professional Awards

Honoree, St. Olaf’s Medal, 1962 for wartime work with the Norwegian Underground resistance movement.



B.Sc. Arch., North Dakota Agricultural College, Fargo, ND, 1934;

College Awards

Commanding Lieutenant, Reserve Officers' Training Program, U.S. Army, North Dakota Agricultural College, Fargo, ND, 1934; President, Kappa Tau Delta, Honorary Architecture Fraternity, North Dakota Agricultural College, Fargo, ND, 1934; President, Architecture Club, Atelier Chat Noir, North Dakota Agricultural College, Fargo, ND, 1934; Member, Scabbard and Blade, Honorary Military Fraternity, North Dakota Agricultural College, Fargo, ND, 1934;



Born in Seattle, WA, Edward Mahlum's immigrant parents brought their son back to reside in Lillehammer, Norway for his first 18 years of life. As a young adult, he came back to the United States in 1927, and the next year matriculated at North Dakota State College in Fargo, ND, graduating in 1934. He used a then-common form of free transit, hopping a freight train, and visited Seattle after finishing at North Dakota State. Thereafter, he began his architectural career in Fergus Falls, MN, working for the firm of M.O. Foss and Company. Mahlum spent some of World War II in Norway working with the local Nazi resistance. He came to Seattle c. 1947 and remained here for the remainder of his life. His last residence was in the 98199 zip code of Seattle, WA.


Mahlum married in 1937; his wife was Annette Mahlum (04/14/1912-06/04/1998); her last residence was in the 98199 zip code of Seattle, WA.


When surveyed in 1962, Mahlum indicated that he had had one child.

Biographical Notes

President, Norwegian Community Club, Seattle, WA; Member, Sons of Norway, Seattle, WA; Mahlum participated in speed skating, tennis, soccer and other sports, learned several languages and gained an appreciation for music while living as a child in Norway. made a study tour of Europe in 1936. SSN: 470-10-8873;

Associated Locations

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

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PCAD id: 2859

Group Health Cooperative, Eastside Hospital and Medical Center, Redmond, WA1970-1975RedmondWA
Hearthstone Apartments, Green Lake, Seattle, WA1964-1966SeattleWA
Mercer Island School District #400, Northwood Elementary School, Mercer Island, WA2014-2016Mercer IslandWA
Norse Homes, Incorporated, Norse Home, Phinney Ridge, Seattle, WA1955-1957SeattleWA
Norway Center, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1950SeattleWA
Park, David, House, Bemidji, MN1937BemidjiMN
PeaceHealth, Peace Island Medical Center, Friday Harbor, WA2012Friday HarborWA
Providence Health and Services, Providence Newberg Medical Center, Newberg, OR2004-2006NewbergOR
Saint John United Lutheran Church, Phinney Ridge, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Seattle Community College District, North Seattle Community College, Licton Springs, Seattle, WA1966-1970SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, 20th Avenue School, Stevens, Seattle, WA 1901-1902SeattleWA
Seattle Public Schools, Decatur, Stephen, Elementary School, Seattle, WA1960-1961SeattleWA
Sons of Norway, Building #1, Belltown, Seattle, WA1914-1915SeattleWA
Sons of Norway, Building #2, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA 1950-1951SeattleWA
Swedish Hospital, Issaquah, WAIssaquahWA
Truman Education Complex, Seattle, WASeattleWA
University of Minnesota, Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, MN1938MinneapolisMN
University of Minnesota, Student Union Building, Minneapolis, MN1940MinneapolisMN
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Alder Hall, University District, Seattle, WA2011-2012SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Cedar Hall, University District, Seattle, WA2010-2011SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Elm Hall, University District, Seattle, WA2010-2012SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Poplar Hall, University District, Seattle, WA2010-2011SeattleWA
Volker, William, Building, Seattle, WA1928SeattleWA
Waldal, E., House, Seattle, WASeattleWA