Male, born 1867-06-20, died 1915-03-27

Associated with the firm network

Badgley, Charles G., Architect

Professional History

Draftsman, J.M. Freese, Architect, Columbus, OH, c. 1890-1891. Partner, Badgeley and Smith, Architects, Fairmont, WV, c. 1904; Principal, Charles G. Badgely, Architect, Fairmont, WV, c. 1907; his office was located at 310 Main Street in Fairmont in 1907. Principal, Charles G. Badgley, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1908-1913; in 1910, Badgley operated his office in Room #416 of the new White Building in Downtown Seattle's Metropolitan Tract. The US Census of 1910 indicated that he was an architect of houses. His obituary notice published in a 1920 MIT publication stated: "Charles G. Badgley died in Seattle, Washington, in March 1915. He was unmarried and at the time of his death had built up a successful architectural practice particularly in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., where his work was well known." (See Technique, vol. IX, [Boston: Frank Wood Printer, c. 1920], p. 9 in the Biographical Directory.) There have been no records located indicating border crossings between WA and BC.


Coursework, Massachusetts Institute of Architecture (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1892-1894. Although he was listed in the Class of 1895's 25-year retrospective book, no degree was listed after Badgely's name, and he attended only 3 years.


Born in IL, Charles Badgley's family lived in a comfortable house in Wenona, IL, in the year 1870, the household consisting of his parents and four boys. The value of family real estate was $9,000 according to the US Census, a respectable sum for the time. (The family listed $500 as the value of its personal estate.) The Badgleys lived in IL until c. 1875, when his family moved back to Aaron Badgley's home state of OH. In 1880, his family resided on Olive Street in Gallipolis, OH, where Charles was in late elementary school. According to R.L. Polks's Columbus [OH] Directory for 1890 (p. 89), Badgely lived in a boarding house at 167 East State Street, while he worked as a draftsman in the office of J.M. Freese. At age 25, Badgley moved to Cambridge, MA, where he attended MIT from 1892-1894. The architect entered MIT later than most of his peers, and he left before graduating; one might speculate that before school he needed to earn money to attend, and that, after three years in Cambridge, his funds had been exhausted prematurely. He had moved to Fairmont, WV, by 1904, where his brother, Aaron, also a dentist like his father, lived at 706 Fairmont Avenue. Charles lived with Aaron and his wife, Emma, from at least 1904-1907. (See R.L. Polks's Fairmont [OH] Directory of 1904, p. 47.) Charles, Aaron, Emma and their three young children had moved to Seattle, WA, by 1907 or so, and lived together at 5805 17th Avenue in 1910. He died in Seattle, WA, at an early age, 47, and was buried in the Mount Zion Cemetery, Green Township, Gallia County, OH.

His parents were the OH-born Aaron Badgley (1830-1879), a dentist, and the IN-native Mary Agnes Grayum Badgley (1836-1922). Her parents both came from VA. His father died young, leaving a 43-year-old widow to support 8 children and an elderly woman who lived with them, Hannah Littlewood Priestley (born c. 1804 in England). Charles's brothers and sisters were: George E. Badgley (born c. 1863 in IL), Robert B. Badgley (born c. 1865 in IL), William O. Badgley (born c. 1865 in IL), Harry F. Badgley (born c. 1870 in IL), Aaron Ray Badgley (born c. 1873 in IL), Mary A. Badgley (born c. 1875 in OH), and L. E. Alice Badgley (born c. 1875 in OH). Charles was the fourth-oldest surviving child.

Badgley was unmarried at his death in 1915.

Patron, Seattle Architectural Club, Seattle, WA, 1910; Member, Seattle Architectural Club, Exhibition Committee, 1910; Member, American Institute of Architects, Washington Chapter, 1910-1911;

Associated Locations

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

    OpenStreetMap (new tab)
    Google Map (new tab)
    click to view google map

PCAD id: 3044