Male, born 1894-07-18, died 1987-09-27

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Nelsen, Silas E., Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, Heath, Gove and Bell, Architects, Tacoma, WA, c. 1915-1920.

Principal, Silas E. Nelsen, Architect, Tacoma, WA, 1920-1971.

Professional Activities

Nelsen became a Registered Architect in the State of Washington in 1924.

He served on the Architects Examining Board for the State of Washington in 1956. (See "Oaths of Office, 1854-2015 - Silas - E. - Nelsen," Oaths of Office, 1854-2015, Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,, accessed 09/18/2017.)


Nelsen had no formal architectural training, other than his apprenticeship in the Tacoma office of architects, Heath, Gove and Bell.



Born in Stoten, WI, Nelsen moved to Portland, OR, as a child, graduating from high school there.

Nelsen resided in Gig Harbor, WA, at the end of his life.


He married Gerda M. Nelsen.


He had a son, Silas E. Nelsen, Jr.

Biographical Notes

SSN: 538-16-3803.

Associated Locations

  • Stoten, WI (Architect's Birth)
    Stoten, WI

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  • Gig Harbor, WA (Architect's Death)
    Gig Harbor, WA

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