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; 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; 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.

Designer, Ellsworth Storey, Architect, Seattle, WA.

Designer, Schack, Young and Meyers, Architects, Seattle, WA.

Designer, Grainger and Thomas, Architects, Seattle, WA.

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.

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.



B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1928.

B.F.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1930.



Born in Troy ID, Tennyson 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 Tennyson, 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.

He married 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.)

He passed away in Puyallup, WA.


His father, John Marshall Bellamy (born c. 1876 in WV) 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 Bellamy (born c. 1881), a homemaker, who originally came from Norway. John and Amanda had four children listed in the 1920 US Census, Tennys, the eldest, and Doris A. (born c. 1910 in Seattle), George G. (born c. 1912 in Seattle) and Charles M. Bellamy (born c. 1913 in Seattle).


According to the 1940 US Census, Tennyson had married Evelyn Louise Shepard Bellamy, born in 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," Seattle Times, 08-18-1934;Page:5.)

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

He was known by his shortened name, "Tennys."

Member, Masons, 1931- . Bellamy joined the Masons while he lived in Boston, MA.

Member, Shriners of America, 1944- .

SSN: 531-14-1666.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 3104