Male, born 1889-01-25, died 1970-06-28

Associated with the firms network

Baker, Vogel, Evans, and Roush, Architects; Baker, Vogel, and Evans, Architects; Baker, Vogel, and Roush, Architects

Professional History


Missionary Architect, Omi Mission, Omi Hachiman, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, 1917. W.M. Vories was the founder of the Omi-Hachiman Mission. Vogel worked in China and Japan between 1915-late 1920s, and became an expert on architecture of both countries. When he returned to Seattle in the late1920s, he lectured on life and culture in the Far East.

Partner, Baker, Vogel, and Evans, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1920-1921.

Partner, Baker, Vogel, Evans and Roush, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1922-1925.

Architect, Mission Architects Bureau, Shanghai, China, 03/1921- . On 02/07/1924, the Mission Architects Bureau had an office at 11 Museum Road in Shanghai. According to a US passport application of 02/07/1924, Vogel worked in Japan between 1913 and 1917, and in China between 03/1921 and at least 1924. His appllication indicated that he intended to return to the US within one year of 02/07/1924. (See, Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Volume #: Volume 008: Shanghai Source Information: U.S., Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007, accessed 08/11/2022.)

Partner, Baker, Vogel and Roush, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1926-1933.

Principal, Joshua H. Vogel, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1936-1950.

Planning and Public Works Consultant, University of Washington, Bureau of Governmental Research and Services, Seattle, WA, 1948.

In later years, Vogel became an expert on the design of public service buildings (fire and police stations, for example,) and an influential and prolific writer on urban planning in the State of WA.

Chairman, American Institute of Architects, Washington State Chapter, Chapter Government Relations Committee, c. 1948; Vogel was sworn into the Washington State Board of Health in 1949;



Graduate, Architecture, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1917.



Joshua H. Vogel was born in White Lake, Aurora County, SD, a small agricultural town in the southeast part of the state, in 1889. They lived here in SD unitl about 1890, when they moved to IA, where his brother was born and mother passed away in 1891. His father remarried in IA by 1892, and the family either may have dwelled there (perhaps in Toledo, IA) for a short time or returned to his father's home state of OH.

In 1900, Joshua lived with his father, three siblings, step-mother and two half-siblings in a house at 135 East Delaware Avenue in Toledo, OH. This was a working class neighborhood located about a mile due north of the central business district. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Toledo Ward 2, Lucas, Ohio; Roll: 1296; Page: 23; Enumeration District: 0035; FHL microfilm: 1241296, accessed 08/03/2022.)

He attended the Ohio State University in Columbus, and had three years of military training while there. In 1917, his World War I draft registration card had been filled out in Licking County, OH.


Before coming to Seattle, WA, in 1920, he lived in San Francisco, CA. His last residence was at 1477 212th Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA, where he passed away of a heart attack on 06/28/1970. He was buried at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue, WA.


His father was John Peter Vogel (born 1855 in Sidney, OH-d. 03/08/1940 in Sandusky, OH), his mother, Genevieve Anderson (born 1863 in MI-d. 03/12/1891 in Omaha, NE). Joshua's mother died of an illness at about the age of 28.

John Vogel did a number of jobs during his lifetime. According to the 1880 US Census, he worked as a druggist in Sidney, OH. and by 1900, was employed as factory foreman. (See, Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: Sidney, Shelby, Ohio; Roll: 1066; Page: 45A; Enumeration District: 207, accessed 08/03/2022 and, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Toledo Ward 2, Lucas, Ohio; Roll: 1296; Page: 23; Enumeration District: 0035; FHL microfilm: 1241296, accessed 08/03/2022.) The 1920 US Census listed him as an accountant for an automobile company. (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Toledo Ward 8, Lucas, Ohio; Roll: T625_1409; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 96, accessed 08/03/2022.)

Genevieve and John Peter had four children together who inlcluded Willis Anderson Vogel (born c. 09/1885 in Mitchell, SD), Georgetta Vogel Courshon (born 03/1887 in White Lake, SD-d. 07/30/1956 in Seattle, WA), Joshua, and Wesley Vogel (born c. 12/1890 in NE).

After Genevieve's death, John married Mary Emeline Raines (born c. 02/1863 in IA-d. 09/17/1939 in Fremont, OH)) on 08/20/1892 in Toledo, Tama County, IA,. (See, Source Information Iowa, U.S., Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014, accessed 08/03/2022.) With Mary, he had two more children, Ralph Vogel (born c. 06/1893 in OH) and Lorena Vogel (born 06/1897 in OH), by 1900,


Joshua Vogel married his wife, Helen, in 1915. Helen was born c. 1887 in OH. Her parents were both from OH.


Joshua and Helen Vogel had 6 children together: Peter (born c. 06/1916 in Japan), Barbara (born c. 04/1918 in OH), Hayes (born c. 10/1919 in WA).

Biographical Notes

Vogel's World War I draft registration card listed him as being Caucasian with blue-gray eyes and brown hair, slightly balding. His build was described as short and slender.

SSN: 536-36-5184;

PCAD id: 4178