Male, born 1906-08-15, died 1974-05-28

Associated with the firms network

Bellamy, Tennyson F., Architect; Schack, Young and Myers, Architects and Engineers; Storey, Ellsworth P., Architect; Thomas and Grainger, Architects

Professional History


Designer, [Albert] Buchman and [Ely Jacques] Kahn, New York, 1929. Bellamy worked for Buchman and Kahn for four months. Buchman and Kahn operated from 1917-1930, so Bellamy was in the office just before the partnership dissolved. Ely Jacques Kahn, Sr., (1884-1972), trained in Beaux Arts eclecticism made an effortless transition to modern stylistic movements during his long career. He was particularly admired as a designer of Art Deco buildings of all kinds in New York City and became a significant teacher of architecture at Cornell University.

Designer, Douglas William Orr, Architect, New Haven, CT, 1930. Bellamy worked for Orr for 6 months. Douglas Orr (1892-1966) maintained a practice in and around his alma mater, Yale University, and became the President of the American Institute of Architects from 1947 until 1949.

Designer, Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch and Abbott, Boston, MA, 1930-1931. He worked in this renowned Boston architectural office for 14 months in 1930-1931.

Employee, City of Boston, Boston, MA, c. 1932-1933. Bellamy worked here for 13 months c. 1932-1933.

Employee, Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago, IL, two months, 1933.

Employee, Marshall Field and Company, Chicago, IL, two months, 1933.

Designer, Ellsworth Storey, Architect, Seattle, WA. c. 1933. He worked for Storey for four months.

Designer, Schack, Young and Myers, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1933. He worked in the Schack, Young and Myers office for two months.

Designer, Thomas, Grainger and Thomas, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1934. This stay was for four months.

Designer, Theodore Jacobsen, Architect, Seattle, WA, c. 1934. He was in Jacobsen's employ for one month.

Designer, Carl Linde, Architect, Portland, OR, c, 1934. Bellamy worked for Linde for one month.

Designer, D.E. Fryer and Company, Seattle, WA, c. 1934, He lasted here three months. (Much of the above information on Bellamy's work history came from the State of Washington, Department of Archaeology and Historic, State of Washington, Tenny Bellamy Department of Licenses Application, 11/30/1934, accessed 09/19/2022.)

Designer, Pacific Specialty Company, Seattle, WA, c. 1934. He was here four months.

Principal, Tennyson F. Bellamy, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1934- c. 1965 ; Bellamy's name first appeared in the Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1937. He worked as a consulting architect for developer Hugh Russell on his Blue Ridge development, located in northwest Seattle, bordered by NW 100th Street (on the south), 12th Avenue NW (east), Carkeek Park (north) and Puget Sound (west).

Bellamy worked on the design of supermarkets extensively from 1940-1962, working with the A & P and Safeway chains. He closed his practice sometime between 1962 and 1970. Bellamy maintained an office in Room #444 of the Dexter Horton Building in 1955. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1955, p. 121.)In 1958, Bellamy had an office at 315 Marion Street in Seattle. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1958, p. 214.)

Professional Service

When surveyed in 1955, Bellamy indicated that he was a Registered Architect in the State of Washington. He received WA License #G18218.

Member, Society of American Registered Architects.

Regional Director for OR and WA, Society of American Registered Architects, c. 1968. (See "Architects Organizing to Get Better Chance for Buildings," Seattle Times, 12/01/1968, p. D9.)

Professional Awards

Recipient, Society of American Registered Architects, Gregson Leadership Award, 1963.



Bellamy attended the Cascade Grammar School in Seattle.

Graduate, Broadway High School, Seattle, WA, c. 1924.

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 06/11/1928.

B.F.A., Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 06/1930.

On his application for WA State architectural registration, Belllamy indicated that he had education in "collateral branches" of education including structural engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and heating and ventilating engineering.



Born in Troy ID, Tennys Francis Bellamy arrived in Seattle, WA. on or before 1910. According to the Census of 1910, his family lived at 1183 Franklin Avenue in Seattle, The Bellamys household consisted of Tennys, his parents and a boarder, Wesley Smith (born c. 1876 in CA), who worked as a machinist in a street car barn. (See, 1910 US Census, Source Citation:Year: 1910; Census Place: Seattle Ward 7, King, Washington; Roll: T624_1660; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0135; FHL microfilm: 1375673)

Ten years later, the family lived in a rented house at 1221 Eastlake Boulevard, again with a boarder renting a room with them, Jake Thompson (born c. 1888), a truck driver born in Norway. (See, 1920 US Census, Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T625_1927; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 178; Image: 1070.)

The family moved to 2411 Bagley Avenue North by 1930, again with a boarder, a 64-year-old Norwegian woman named Amalie Renning. By this time, the Bellamys owned their house in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood, worth a sustantial $7,500. (See, 1930 US Census, Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 2491; Page: 49A; Enumeration District: 0007; Image: 939.0; FHL microfilm: 2342225.)

Tennys attended the nearby University of Washington (UW) in the mid-to-late 1920s, and, c. 1930, received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree at Yale University in New Haven, CT., subsequently. Bellamy worked in New York City in 1929, New Haven in 1930 and Boston, MA, during 1930 and 1931. To be specific he lived in Dorchester, MA, where he met his wife, Evelyn Shepard. By 1934, he returned to Seattle, where he resided for the remainder of his life.

In 1940, Tennys and Evelyn Bellamy lived in Apartment #13 at 316 East Harrison Street in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The US Census of that year indicated that they had lived in the same place in 1935. Evelyn worked as a secretary in a Seattle bank at that time. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04380; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 40-206A, accessed 09/23/2022.)

He married a second time in Los Angeles, CA, late in life.

Bellamy and his second wife, Katherine, resided at 10119 Radford Avenue in Seattle in 1955. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1955, p. 121.) They continued to live at 10119 Radford Avenue in 1958. (See State of Washington, Department of Archaeology and Historic, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Form for Senior Classification Experience and Record in Professional Service, 04/14/1958,accessed 09/19/2022.)

He passed away in Puyallup, WA.


His father, John Marshall Bellamy (born c. 1876 in Hubbardstown, WV) worked in a hay and grain warehouse at the time of Tennys's birth in 1906. He worked in this warehouse for two years or so. Later, John worked as a clerk in a transfer company in 1910 and as a foreman at a freight company ten and twenty years later.

His mother was Amanda Eitland (born c. 1881 in Farsund, Norway--d. 10/10/1941 in Seattle, WA), a homemaker, who originally came from Norway. On 09/14/1935, Amanda Bellamy lived at 7411 Bagley Avenue in Seattle.

John and Amanda had four children listed in the 1920 US Census, Tennys, the eldest, and Doris A. Bellamy Kemball (born 05/12/1909 in WA-d. 02/17/1969 in Los Angeles County, CA), George Gordon Bellamy born 01/20/1912 in WA-d. 12/28/1988 in WA) and Charles Marshall Bellamy (born 10/03/1913 in WA-d. 03/18/1996 in WA).


According to the 1940 US Census, Tennys Bellamy had married Evelyn Louise Shepard (born 06/19/1910-d. 07/27/2001 in CA), born in Boston, MA, who was four years younger than he. (See, 1940 US Census, Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T627_4380; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 40-206A.) They married on 08/18/1934 at the Little Church around the Corner in New York City. (See "Bellamys Get Word of Son's Nuptials in NY," SeattleTimes, 08-18-1934, p. 5.)

This marriage ended in divorce before 1954.

In 1954, Bellamy married Katherine M. Gurnett (1908-1989) in Los Angeles, CA. He was 47, she 46.


Bellamy had had one child by 1956, mostly likely with his first wife.

Biographical Notes

Prior to 09/19/2022, PCAD incorrectly referred to Bellamy as "Tennyson Bellamy," although his name was actually "Tennys."

Member, Masons, 05/1931- . Bellamy joined the Masons while he lived in Boston, MA. (See, Source Information Massachusetts, U.S., Mason Membership Cards, 1733-1990 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013, accessed 09/23/2022.)

Member, Shriners of America, 1944- .

SSN: 531-14-1666.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 3104