Attwell Construction Company Photograph Collection, circa 1940s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Attwell Construction Company Photograph Collection
Dates
circa 1940s (inclusive)
Quantity
82 photographs, 2 transparencies, 8 negatives, 2 brochures, 1 booklet, 2 booklet pages, 2 flyers, 1 piece of stationery (1 box)
Collection Number
PH1417
Summary
Photographs of buildings in Seattle and the Puget Sound area made using Attwell Construction's beam and truss systems
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Attwell Construction Co. was founded around 1947 by Percy Robert Attwell and his wife Mabel Attwell in Seattle. Attwell was a former carpenter/salesman for the Speedwall Company, another company specializing in laminated timber construction and manufactured homes. At some point in the early 1950s, Mabel would take control of the company and serve as president with their son John E. Attwell serving as the vice-president. In 1952 the Attwell Construction Company would become a charter member of the American Institute of Timber Construction. The company built many gymnasiums for housing projects in Seattle, and high schools throughout Washington.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of interiors and exteriors of buildings in Seattle and the Puget Sound area made using Attwell Construction's beam and truss systems.

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Restrictions on Use

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

ProjectsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Bremerton Gymnasium, Bremerton, Washington
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
 Bremerton Gymnasium
Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
Caption on photograph: 75 Foot Inside Span, 65 Pound Roof Load
circa 1940s-1950s
1/1 2
Bremerton Gymnasium interior during construction
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
Foss’ Shadow Lake Resort, Fairwood, Washington
Box/Folder item
1/2 3
Construction of ballroom arch for the Foss Shadow Lake Resort, Fairwood, Washington
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
probably 1945-1946
1/2 4
 Ballroom interior for the Foss Shadow Lake Resort, Fairwood, Washington
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
probably 1945-1946
1/2 5
 Construction of ballroom chimney for the Foss Shadow Lake Resort, Fairwood, Washington
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
probably 1945-1946
1/2 6
Construction of ballroom interior for the Foss Shadow Lake Resort, Fairwood, Washington
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
probably 1945-1946
Fish Hatchery
Box/Folder item
1/3 7
 Fish hatchery and fish ponds
Skipper Photo Service, Everett, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s
1/3 8-11
Construction of arch
Skipper Photo Service, Everett, Washington (photographer)
Written on items 9 and 10: Attwell + Davis
circa 1940s
1/3 12
 Arch during construction
Skipper Photo Service, Everett, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s
Naval Air Station Drill Hall, Pasco, Washington
Box/Folder item
1/4 13
 Drill hall during construction, Naval Air Station, Pasco, Washington
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
between 1942-1946
1/4 14-15 between 1942-1946
1/4 16
Drill hall during construction, Naval Air Station, Pasco, Washington
Skipper Photo Service, Everett, Washington (photographer)
between 1942-1946
Packard-Seattle Company
Box/Folder item
1/5 17-19 circa 1940s
1/5 20
Arch during construction of Packard-Seattle Company building
circa 1940s
Shelterwell
Box/Folder item
1/6 21a
Shelterwell Quonset huts
circa 1940s
1/6 21b
 Shelterwell Quonset huts
Scanned from transparency
circa 1940s
1/6 22-26
 Shelterwell Quonset huts
Photograph 22 is scanned from negative
circa 1940s
1/6 27
Truck carrying materials for Shelterwell Quonset huts
Caption on photograph: 12 units minus heating plant
circa 1940s
1/6 28 circa 1940s
1/6 29
Two Shelterwell Quonset huts and truck by hillside
circa 1940s
1/6 30a
Shelterwell Quonset huts by hillside
circa 1940s
1/6 30b
Shelterwell Quonset huts by hillside
circa 1940s
1/6 31 circa 1940s
1/6 32
Two people in front of snow-covered Shelterwell Quonset huts
circa 1940s
United Brethren Church, Seattle, Washington
Box/Folder item
1/7 33
 Interior, United Brethren Church, Seattle, Washington
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
White Salmon Gymnasium, White Salmon, Washington
Box/Folder item
1/8 34 circa December 1938
1/8 35
Snow-covered frame, White Salmon Gymnasium, White Salmon, Washington
circa December 1938
1/8 36
 Construction of frame, White Salmon Gymnasium, White Salmon, Washington
The Jones Photo Co, Aberdeen, Washington (photographer)
circa December 1938
1/8 37
Construction of frame pieces for White Salmon Gymnasium, White Salmon, Washington
The Jones Photo Co, Aberdeen, Washington (photographer)
circa December 1938
1/8 38
Plywood frame piece for White Salmon Gymnasium, White Salmon, Washington
The Jones Photo Co, Aberdeen, Washington (photographer)
circa December 1938
1/8 39
Man building frame piece for White Salmon Gymnasium, White Salmon, Washington
The Jones Photo Co, Aberdeen, Washington (photographer)
circa December 1938
1/8 40
Wall, White Salmon Gymnasium, White Salmon, Washington
The Jones Photo Co, Aberdeen, Washington (photographer)
circa December 1938
1/8 41
Men hoisting wall, White Salmon Gymnasium, White Salmon, Washington
The Jones Photo Co, Aberdeen, Washington (photographer)
circa December 1938
1/8 42-44
White Salmon Gymnasium, White Salmon, Washington
The Jones Photo Co, Aberdeen, Washington (photographer)
On verso of photograph 42: 61 foot Arch. Next picture shows ease of erection oldfashioned jin-pole. Next picture completed Gymnasium.
circa December 1938
1/8 45
 Speedwall Company sign and White Salmon Gymnasium, White Salmon, Washington
The Jones Photo Co, Aberdeen, Washington (photographer)
circa December 1938
Yesler Terrace Housing Project Gymnasium, Seattle, Washington
Box/Folder item
1/9 46
 Wrestling ring, Yesler Terrace Housing Project Gymnasium, Seattle, Washington
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1944
1/9 47
Stage, Yesler Terrace Housing Project Gymnasium, Seattle, Washington
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1944
1/9 48
Ceiling, Yesler Terrace Housing Project Gymnasium, Seattle, Washington
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
Typed on verso: Comparison of laminated timber and ordinary cut timber after several years of temperature changes in heated building.
circa 1944
Churches
Box/Folder item
1/10 49
Church interior
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1950s
1/10 50
 Four men erecting frame of church building
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/10 51
Church
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/10 52
Wooden church interior showing trusses
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/10 53
Wooden church architectural frame
Skipper Photo Service, Everett, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
Box/Folder item
1/11 54
Wooden structure
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/11 55-56 circa 1940s
1/11 57-58
Wooden arched building frame
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/11 59
Man on timber beams, Sand Point Country Club, Seattle, Washington
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s
1/11 60
Wooden arch frame against building
Commerical Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/11 61
Urban Realty building, 6701 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
circa 1948
1/11 62
Reliance Food Stores grocery store
Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/11 63-64
Medical-Dental building
Skipper Photo Service, Everett, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/11 65-66
Wooden building frame
circa 1940s-1950s
1/11 67
Brick building
Skipper Photo Service, Everett, Washington (photographer)
Stamped on verso: Attwell's, 36 & Paine, Bayview 2775, Everett, Wash.
circa 1940s-1950s
1/12 68
People watching awards being given for equestrian jumping event in wooden arena
circa 1940s-1950s
1/12 69
Wooden arched building frame
circa 1940s-1950s
1/12 70
Wooden arched building frame
Skipper Photo Service, Everett, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/12 71
Auditorium interior
Skipper Photo Service, Everett, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/12 72
Wooden building frame, probably Vancouver, British Columbia
North Shore Graphic Arts, West Vancouver, British Columbia (photographer)
September 30, 1949
1/12 73
Wooden building frame, Vancouver, British Columbia
circa 1940s-1950s
1/12 74
Wooden arched building frame
Jack Weller, Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/12 75
Building during construction
Commercial Photo Art Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
1/12 76
Two men standing in front of wooden building frame
circa 1940s-1950s
1/12 77
 Wooden building interior
Budds Studio (photographer)
circa 1940s-1950s
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/13 78
Architectural model, showing building and landscape
circa 1940s
1/13 79
Model of wooden arch
circa 1940s-1950s
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/14 80
 Laminated Douglas fir beams for the U. S. Navy on Hoglands & Everett truck
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s
1/14 81
Arched wood beams on truck
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s
1/14 82 after 1944
1/14 83
Lumber beams on truck
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1940s

Promotional materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/15 84
"Save with Speedwall Plywood Buildings" promotional brochure
after 1950
1/15 85
"Small Homes of Big Value via Modern Engineering" Speedwall Company promotional brochure
after 1934
1/15 86
"Roof Structures of Douglas Fir" West Coast Lumbermen's Association promotional booklet
after 1942
1/15 87
"Another Attwell Arch" flyer
circa February 1946
1/15 88
Southeast Tacoma Street arch architectural diagram
Excerpt from the West Coast Lumbermen's Association pamphlet "Highway Structures of Douglas Fir".
circa 1941
1/15 89
Glued laminated pedestrian overpass, Seattle
Excerpt from the West Coast Lumbermen's Association pamphlet "Highway Structures of Douglas Fir".
circa 1941
1/15 90
"Attwell Swing Staging" flyer
circa 1940s-1950s
1/15 91
"Details for Securing an Attwell Truss" flyer
circa 1940s-1950s
1/15 92
Attwell Construction Company stationery
circa 1950s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Church buildings--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Fish hatcheries--Washington (State)--Everett--Photographs
  • Gymnasiums--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Lumber trade--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Navy-yards and naval stations--Washington (State)--Pasco--Photographs
  • Photographs--Specimens
  • Quonset huts--Photographs
  • Resorts--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Ephemera
  • Photographs