Ellsworth P. Storey Photograph Album, circa 1899  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Storey, Ellsworth P
Ellsworth P. Storey Photograph Album
circa 1899 (inclusive)
1 box plus 1 oversize folder
Collection Number
Photgraphs taken by Ellsworth P. Storey from travels around the world with his parents.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ellsworth Prime Storey (1879-1960) born in Chicago, Illinois, was one of Seattle’s most popular architects. He combined contemporary trends in domestic architecture with local materials. Chicago hosted the 1893 Columbia Exposition and the grandeur of the buildings had a large impact on Storrey and he then decided to become an architect.

Chicago wa an imortant center for architecture and in 1898, Storey entered the University of Illinois. One key figure for Storrey was Frank Lloyd Wright who is considered one of the most influential of all American architects. Wright was an advocate of the Arts and Crafts Movement which would influence much of Storey’s work. This design ideal emphasized craftsmanship, consistent interior design elements, and the use of local materials.

While Storey was in college year, his family toured Europe and the Middle East. Storey took many photographs of monumental buildings on these travels, but he was most impressed by Swiss chalets and would incorporate their designs in his work.

He moved to Seattle after graduating in 1903 and began working as an architect. He is known as one of the early architects to use local materials as part of his designs. This practice set the stage for the Northwest regional style in architecture. One project he is known for is the Ellsworth Storey Cottages which were twleve low-cost cottages in a wooded area on Lake Washington Boulevard. In 1959, the American Institute of Architects complimented the houses for their "fine scale," "excellent proportion," "simple direct use of local materials," and "skillful site planning" (Seattle Department of Neighborhoods). By 1979, the Seattle City Council designated the surviving 11 cottages a Seattle Landmark because they represented examples of Storey's work. They are also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Storey retired in 1945 after assisting military construction at Sand Point Naval Air Station. He died in 1960.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs made by Ellsworth Storey on a trip to Europe and Egypt. Many of the photographs are of architecture. Also includes clippings that document the destruction of some these buildings during World War II and a passport used by Horace Storey (Ellsworth Storey's father) for the purpose of this trip.

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Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Architecture--Egypt--Photographs
  • Architecture--Europe--Photographs
  • Scrapbooks--Specimens
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage--Egypt
  • World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage--Europe
  • Personal Names :
  • Storey, Ellsworth P.--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Ephemera
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks