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Male, born 1918-01-22, died 2013-10-08

Associated with the firm network

Grant, Copeland and Chervenak and Associates, Architects

Professional History


Naval Architect, Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Engineering Department, Tacoma, WA, 1941-1945. Associate, William R. Grant, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1941-1947.

Designer, William R. Grant and Son, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1947-1955; according to his obituary, William R. Grant and Son, Architects, "...specialized in schools, churches, municipal and utility buildings." (See "Austin Grant,">, Accessed 07/16/2014.)

Partner, Grant, [Ross] Copeland and [Robert] Chervenak and Associates, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1955- ; Grant, Copeland and Chervenak produced many church designs during the 1950s-1960s.


High School/College

Graduate, Lincoln High School, Seattle, WA, c. 1936.

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1941. Grant was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity at the UW.



Born in Seattle, WA, Austin grew up in the household of a successful architect, who was well-integrated into the local business community. The family could afford a summer residence on rural Vashon Island, where Austin as a boy learned to row, sail and navigate motor boats. In 1920, his family resided at 4540 2nd Avenue NE in Seattle. (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T625_1925; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 71; Image: 704, accessed 01/12/2017.) He continued to live at this address in 1930, although his maternal grandmother, Louise Grenier Austin (1867-1942), resided with the family. The Grants were still here in 1940, as well. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T627_4376; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 40-91, accessed 01/12/2017.)

Later in life, Grant would travel annually to HI, where he stayed for an extended period.

In retirement, he and his wife moved from Seattle to Orcas Island, where he continued to enjoy boating and other aspects of island life. He moved to Bellingham, WA, in his last years, and passed away at the Whatcom Hospice in that city.


His father was William R. Grant (1889-1957), an architect, born in MI, who worked in Seattle, WA, c. 1911 and from about 1924-1946 on his own. According to the US Census of 1920, Grant worked as a draftsman in another architect's office in 1920. His mother, Gail G. Austin (1889-1977), maintained the household.


Austin Grant married Betty Lou Mellor (born c. 1925 in Boise, ID) on 03/10/1946. He originally hired Betty Lou to work at the Todd Shipyards in Tacoma, WA, during World War II. They remained married for 67 years.


When surveyed in 1955, Grant indicated that he had had two children, a daughter, Kathy, and son, William.

Biographical Notes

Member, Theta Chi Fraternity, University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Seattle, WA. Member, Christ Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA; Senior Warden, Christ Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA, 1953; Member, Christ Episcopal Church, Vestry, Seattle, WA; Member, Board of Directors, Volunteers of America (VOA), 1953-1955; Life Member, Masonic Lodge, Arcana #37, Seattle, WA; Senior Warden, Masonic Lodge, Arcana #37, Seattle, WA, 1954-1955. Consultant, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia; He also served as a past Worthy Master of the Arcana Lodge; William Grant was also a leader in the same Masonic Lodge. Life Member, Queen City Yacht Club, Seattle, WA; Member, Orcas Island Yacht Club, Orcas Island, WA; SSN: 537-16-6092.

Associated Locations

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

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

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PCAD id: 3519