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Male, US, born 1861-04-15, died 1953-03-03

Associated with the firms network

Heath and Gove, Architects; Heath and Twichell, Architects; Heath, Frederick H., Architect; Heath, Gove and Bell, Architects; Russell and Heath, Architects; Spaulding, Russell and Heath, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, Warren H. Hayes, Architect, Minneapolis, MN, 1883-1894;

Principal, Frederick H. Heath, Architect, Tacoma, WA, 1896-1901;

Partner, Spaulding, Russell and Heath, Architects, Tacoma, WA, 1901-1902;

Partner, Russell and Heath, Architects, Tacoma, WA, 1902-1903;

Principal, Frederick Heath, Architect, Tacoma, WA, 1903-1908, 1910-1912; in 1905, Heath maintained his practice in Offices #503-504 in the Fidelity Building, Tacoma, WA.

Partner, Heath and [Luther] Twichell, Architects, Tacoma, WA, 1908-1910. A notice in theTacoma Daily Ledgeron 01/05/1908, indicated that Frederick Heath had taken on a new partner, Luther Twichell. (See Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma Pierce County Buildings Database, "Twichell, Luther," accessed 03/21/2018.)

Partner, Heath and [George] Gove, Architects, Tacoma, WA, 1912-06/1914. 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. In 1942, Heath, Gove and Bell, Architect had its office in Room #1522 of the Puget Sound Bank Building in Tacoma. (See, Source Citation The National Archives At St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System; Record Group Number: 147; Box or Roll Number: 14, accessed 05/02/2024.) The firm operated under the name "Heath, Gove and Bell" until the death of Frederick Heath on 03/02/1953.

Professional Activities

School Architect, Tacoma Board of Education, Tacoma, WA, c. 1902-1906;

Member, Tacoma Society of Architects.

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington Chapter, 1910-1911; at this time, he was one of four AIA members from Tacoma, WA.

Member, City of Tacoma Board of Park Commissioners, 1908-1918; the Parks Department was formed in 1907 in Tacoma; President, City of Tacoma Parks Board, Tacoma, WA, (President of the Park Board, 1911-1916).

Washington State Architect, License #74.



His father was William F. Heath, a carpenter, (born c. 1834 in NY) his mother, Louisa M. Heath (born c. 1836 in NY); according to the US Census of 1910, Frederick Heath's parents both came from VT; the 1920 and 1930 US Censuses indicated that both had come from NY.

In 1870, his siblings included Charles E. Heath (born c. 1857 in WI) and Sydney (born c. 1859 in WI); according to Tacoma architect and historian, Jeffrey Ryan, Sydney Heath worked as an architect, and his example may have inspired Frederick to get into that line of work.


Frederick Heath married Mabel L. Fallensbee in 1885; she was born c. 1863 in WI, and died 06/1910; her father was from OH and mother, NY, according to the US Census of 1910.


Frederick H. and Mabel L. Heath had 3 children: Zelma N. (born c. 1887 in MN; died possibly in Tacoma, WA, 07/06/1961; see obituary, Tacoma News-Tribune, 07/08/1961, p. 13), Frederick Twichell Heath, (born 07/26/1896 in Tacoma, WA, died possibly in Tacoma, WA, 05/06/1950; an obituary appeared for a "Frederick Heath Jr" in the Tacoma News-Tribune, 05/07/1950, p. C11), and Chadwick Noyes Heath (born 07/02/1898 in Tacoma, WA-died 07/1974, Columbia, SC).

Biographical Notes

Heath was very active in Tacoma's fratenal organizations.

Member, Knights of Pythias, Commerce Lodge #7, 1906-1917; Life Member, Mason's Lebanon Lodge #104; Thirty-second degree Mason and Noble of Mystic Shire, 1917; Mason, Royal Arch Chapter, The Red Cross of Constantine; Thirty-second degree, Tacoma Consistory of Scottish Rite, 1910.

Member, Commercial Club of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA,1909-1917;

Associated Locations

  • La Crosse, WI (Architect's Birth)
    La Crosse, WI

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

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PCAD id: 840

1st Baptist Church, Tacoma, WA1923-1925TacomaWA
1st Church of Christ, Scientist #2, Tacoma. WA1910-1911TacomaWA
1st Lutheran Church, Tacoma, WATacomaWA
City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks, Griffith Park, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA1929-1930Los AngelesCA
City of Tacoma, Point Defiance Park, Nereides Baths, Tacoma, WATacomaWA
Drury Building, Downtown, Tacoma, WA1926TacomaWA
Fisher's Department Store, Downtown, Tacoma, WATacomaWA
Love, A.V., Dry Goods and Loft Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA1925SeattleWA
Masonic Building, Home, Zenith, WA1924ZenithWA
National Park Service, Mount Rainier National Park, Paradise Inn, Ashford, WA1915-1917AshfordWA
National Realty Building, Downtown, Tacoma, WA1909-1911TacomaWA
Northern Pacific Railway Company, Tacoma Land Company Hotel, Tacoma, WA1891
Pacific Lutheran College, Library, Parkland, Tacoma, WA1939TacomaWA
Puget Sound National Bank, Office Building, Downtown, Tacoma, WA1909-1911TacomaWA
Rhodes of Tacoma Department Store, Downtown, Tacoma, WA1903TacomaWA
Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Tacoma, WA
State of Washington, Western State Hospital, Main Wards, Steilacoom, WALakewoodWA
State of Washington, Western State Hospital, Stable and Hay Storage Building, Steilacoom, WA1916SteilacoomWA
Tacoma Public Schools, Central High School, Tacoma, WA1912-1913TacomaWA
Tacoma Public Schools, Lincoln, Abraham, High School, Tacoma, WA1914TacomaWA
Tacoma Public Schools, Stadium High School, Stadium District, Tacoma, WA1904-1906TacomaWA
Tacoma Public Schools, Washington Elementary School, Tacoma, WA
Territory of Washington, Western Washington Hospital for the Insane, Steilacoom, WA1886-1887SteilacoomWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Communications Hall, Seattle, WA1951SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Thomson, David, Hall, Seattle, WA1948SeattleWA
Wilkeson School, Wilkeson, WAWilkesonWA