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Male, born 1876-03, died 1952-01-13

Associated with the firms network

Bebb and Gould, Architects; Nevins, John R., Architect

Professional History


Draftsman/Civil Engineer, Bebb and Gould, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1903-1910. Partner, John R. Nevins and Earl G. Park, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1918. In 1918, Nevins and Park had an office in Room #1708 of the Hoge Building. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1918, p. 1338.)

Principal, John R. Nevins, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1911, 1919-1932.



John R. Nevins was born in IL, and lived in the city of Houston, IL, in 1880. He worked as a salesman in Dallas, TX, in 1900, residing at a rooming house at 350 Jackson Street. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Dallas Ward 4, Dallas, Texas; Roll: 1625; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0101; FHL microfilm: 1241625, accessed 06/18/2017.)

Nevins resided at 1420 6th Avenue in Seattle in 1903. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1903, p. 874.)

Nevins and his wife lived next door to his business partner, Earl G. Park, and his wife on 30th Street in the Union Precinct of King County.

In 1906, Nevins lived at 1317 3rd Avenue in Seattle, WA. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1906, p. 863.) He had moved to 920 East Pike Street by 1910. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1910, p. 1160.)


His father was Joseph A. Nevins, (born 08/16/1846 in Carbon County, PA-d. 1916 in Camp Point, IL), had a Scottish ancestry, his mother, Emma Stahl Nevins (born 10/31/1853 in Mercer County, PA- d. 1924 in Camp Point, IL) was of German extraction. His parents, both born in PA, operated a farm in Adams County, IL. (See, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Seattle Ward 7, King, Washington; Roll: T624_1660; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0125; FHL microfilm: 1375673, accessed 06/18/2017.) He had several brothers and sisters, including Alice Edith Nevins Omer (born 08/03/1877 in Liberty, IL-d. 06/1982 in Golden, IL), Hortense Nevins Wentworth (born 09/03/1885 in IL-d. 12/18/1971 in Asheville, NC), Joseph Allan Nevins, Jr., (b. 05/20/1890 in Camp Point, IL-d. 03/05/1971 in Menlo Park, CA) and Arthur Seymour Nevins (born 07/19/1891 in Camp Point, IL-d. 01/19/1979 in San Antonio, TX). Joseph Allan Nevins, Jr. would become a renowned journalist working in New York (from about World War I until 1929), and later as an eminent historian, teaching at Columbia University from 1929 until 1959. Nevins was a prolific scholar, who mentored many doctoral students at Columbia and initiated the first oral history program at any university in the US.


He married Letitia LaPlant (born c. 1884 in KS) on 11/23/1910 in Pierce County, WA. Letitia's parents were French. She worked as a nurse in the Pierce County Hospital in 1940. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Tacoma, Pierce, Washington; Roll: T627_4389; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 42-37, accessed 06/18/2017.)

PCAD id: 4959