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Male, born 1870-08-28, died 1956-08-30

Associated with the firms network

Gove, George, Architect; Heath and Gove, Architects; Heath, Gove and Bell, Architects

Professional History


Principal, George Gove, Architect, Tacoma, WA, 1909. Gove had an office in Room #525 of the Provident Building, Tacoma, in 1909. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Tacoma, Washington, City Directory, 1909, p. 368. His name was misspelled as "Gore" in the listing.)

Partner, Heath and Gove, Architects, Tacoma, WA, 1908-06/1914. In 1913, Heath and Gove were the consulting architects for the Tacoma Board of Education.(SeeThe Architects' Directory and Specification Index for 1913-1914, [New York: William T. Comstock Company, 1913], p. 27.)

Partner, Heath, Gove and Bell, Architects, Tacoma, WA 06/1914-1953; Bell was made a partner in 1914, as a Tacoma Daily Ledger article reported on 06/07/1914, p. 21, although the firm name did not officially change until 1919, according to Tacoma architect and historian, Jeffrey Ryan. The firm operated under the name "Heath, Gove and Bell" until the death of Frederick Heath on 03/02/1953. (SeeTacoma, Washington, City Directory, 1953, p. 333.)

Principal, George Gove, Architect, Tacoma, WA, c. 1954-1955. Gove maintained office space in Room #1611 of the Puget Sound National Bank Building in Tacoma, in 1955. (SeeTacoma, Washington, City Directory, 1955, p. 4.)

Professional Activities

When surveyed in 1955, Gove indicated that he was a Registered Architect in the States of AK and WA. Member, American Institute of Architects, Washington Chapter, c. 1955;

Gove wrote: Seattle: Historical, Civic and Architectural Data.(1938), an 18-page statistical and visual description of Seattle and environs. it was compiled for the Women's University Club. (See University of Washington Libraries, Suzzallo and Allen Libraries, Special Collections Stacks Oversize, 979.743 G746s.)

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA);



Born in Rochester, MN, George Gove arrived in Tacoma, WA, in 1908. It appears that another branch of the Gove Family had established itself in Tacoma at an earlier date, and it was these relations that may have drawn George to the West Coast. There were a number of Goves in the Tacoma City Directory c. 1909. The first names of these Goves--Royal and Herbert--correspond to those of his father and brother, suggesting that there may have been a family connection. There was also another man living in Tacoma in 1909, named George F. Gove, complicating the indentification of the architect. (See Tacoma, Washington, City Directory, 1909, p. 368.)

In 1909, Gove lived at 236 South C Street in Tacoma. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Tacoma, Washington, City Directory, 1909, p. 368.)

According to the US Census of 1910, Gove lived as a "lodger" in an apartment house at 5620 South S Street, Tacoma, WA. He resided at 422 South C Street in 1913-1914. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Tacoma, Washington, City Directory,1913, p. 320 and R.L. Polk and Company's Tacoma, Washington, City Directory, 1914, p. 313.)

Gove lived with a 17-year-old lodger, Edwin A. Shattuck, in Tacoma, WA, in 01/1920; he owned his house completely in that year. In 1928, his Tacoma address was at 708 1/2 South 8th Street. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Tacoma, Washington, City Directory, 1928, p. 322.)

From at least 1930 until 1953, he lived by himself in a residence at 311 North L Street in Tacoma. In 1930, he had a lodger living with him, James B. Sherrill (born c. 1912 in WA). (See, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Tacoma, Pierce, Washington; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0110, accessed 03/20/2018.) The house had a value of $2,500 according to the 1940 US Census of that year. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Tacoma, Pierce, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04388; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 42-18, accessed 03/20/2018.)


Gove's parents both were born in VT; his father was Royal Hatch Gove (born 01/1830 in VT-died 02/28/1903 in Rochester, MN), a lawyer, practicing in Rochester, MN; his mother was Nancy Almeda Farnham (born 1834 in VT–d. 01/27/1912 in Rochester, MN), who kept house; the Goves had 9 children: 8 of whom were alive in 1880, and 6 of whom were alive in 1900. In 1880, the children included: Henry Cornelius Gove (who became a lawyer, born 1852 in MN–d. 03/08/1902 in Rochester, MN), Arthur Lucullus Gove, (a physician, born c. 1854 in MN-d. 10/20/1888 in Rochester, MN), Herbert Hatch Gove (born 03/26/1859 in Rochester, MN-died 1891 in Saint Louis, MO), Leonora Alma Gove (born 1863 in MN–d. 09/29/1894 in Minneapolis, MN), Nancy Ruth Gove (born 1867 in MN–died 11/08/1944 in Saint Louis, MO) and Archie Putnam Gove (born 1874 in MN–d. 1923 in Pasadena, CA). In 1880, a person named "Emma," perhaps extended family or a boarder, also lived in the household.


George Gove never married.

Biographical Notes

Member, Masonic Lodge, Tacoma, WA. Gove reported in 1955 that he had, during his life, traveled in North America and Europe.

Associated Locations

  • Rochester, MN (Architect's Birth)
    Rochester, MN

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

PCAD id: 3938