B. Dudley Stuart architectural photograph collection, circa 1920s-1940s

Overview of the Collection

Stuart, B. Dudley
B. Dudley Stuart architectural photograph collection
circa 1920s-1940s (inclusive)
128 photographic prints (1 box) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
Images of Seattle hotels, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, and private residences designed by the architectural firms Stuart & Wheatley and Stuart and Durham during the 1920s and 1930s.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public. Most of the collection is available on the digital site. Check finding aid before pulling original materials.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

B. Dudley Stuart was born in London and lived in Edmonton and Vancouver, B.C., before moving to Seattle in 1918. In 1912 and 1913 he partnered with Howard E. White to design the B.C. Wood Products Building for the Vancouver Exhibition Society. In Seattle he formed a partnership with A. Wheatley to create the architectural firm of Stuart & Wheatley. Responsible for designing many of Seattle's historic hotels, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, and private residences during the 1920s and 1930s, the firm designed many of the apartment buildings near Capitol Hill, First Hill, Queen Anne Hill, and the University District. Stuart & Wheatley's early designs featured reinforced concrete structures clad with tapestry brick and terra cotta or cast-stone ornamentation. The designs were of an eclectic English Tudor Italian style. The firm's most notable work included the Exeter House, which boast of having two elevators, and the Mayflower Park Hotel (originally the Bergonian). During the Depression, the firm of Stuart & Wheatley dissolved, and left Stuart as the sole practitioner. During this time period Stuart designed the Deco style Seattle Macaroni Company, which was demolished in 1937. In 1941, Stuart established a partnership with Robert L. Durham, and their firm designed many buildings in the Seattle area. At age 86, Stuart retired due to failing eyesight. He died in Seattle at age 92. Robert L. Durham also practiced with the firm of Durham, Anderson, and Freed, which designed over 200 churches in the Seattle area. Durham died in 1998.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The photographs document some of the buildings in Seattle designed by the architectural firms of Stuart & Wheatley and Stuart and Durham. Included in the Stuart & Wheatley series are interior and exterior photographs of some of Seattle's historic hotels and early apartment buildings. In addition, the collection contains photographs of various commercial buildings, private residences, and a building in Ketchikan, Alaska. The collection contains an album with photographs of the offices of Stuart and Durham, as well as buildings designed by the firm.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

View selections from the collection in digital format

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Donor: Norm Johnston, Feb. 9, 1982.

Processing Note

Processed by Rebekah Dalby, processing completed 2003.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Stuart & WheatleyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1-3
Continental Hotel, 315 Seneca St.
The Hotel was also called the Earl Hotel. The building has been demolished.
circa 1925
1/2 4
Construction of the Bergonian Hotel, 405 Olive Way
Currently called the Mayflower Park Hotel.
1/2 5 circa 1923
1/2 6-8 circa 1923
1/3 9 circa 1925
1/3 10
Chi Omega Alpha Sorority doorway, University of Washington, 4589 18th Ave NE
circa 1925
1/4 11
1/4 12
Davison Apartments doorway, 5003 15th Avenue NE
1/5 13 1925
1/5 14 1925
1/5 15
Biltmore Apartments, mailboxes, 418 East Loretta Place
1/5 16
Biltmore Apartments, lobby, 418 East Loretta Place
1/6 17 1927
1/6 18a
Levere Apartments entrance, 4105 Brooklyn Ave.
1/6 18b
The Claremont Hotel
Caption: The Claremont. An apartment hotel for the Olympus Holding Corporation. This Building is Security for a Bond Issue of $370,000 offered by the Seattle Title Trust Co., Second Avenue at Columbia Street.
1/7 19
1/7 20
Shelby Apartments, 2815 Boylston Ave. N.
1/8 21
Photograph of architectural drawing of the Alex Christie & Co. Building, 1516 12th Ave.
The building has been significantly altered from its original state.
1/8 22
Alex Christie & Co. Building, 1516 12th Ave.
The building has been significantly altered from its original state.
1/9 23 1912
1/9 24a
B.C. Wood Products exhibition building, Hastings Park, Vancouver, B.C.
The building has been demolished.
1/9 24b
Langham Residential Hotel, possibly Victoria or Vancouver, B.C.
circa 1912
1/9 24c
Doorway of unidentified building
1/10 25
Photograph of architectural drawing of the Hotel Bovee
The project was uncompleted.
1/10 26
Holland Building, 1417 4th Ave.
The building was the AKA Equitable Building and is currently called the Miken Building.
1/10 27
Seattle Macaroni Company building, 1409 Rainier Ave. S.
The building has been demolished.
circa 1937
1/10 28
Commercial building, 1407-07 Union St.
The building has been demolished.
1/11 29
Kenneth Apartments, 307 Queen Anne Ave.
circa 1927
1/11 30
Apartment building
Rounds (photographer)
circa 1923
1/11 31
Windsor Arms Apartments building, 532 Belmont Ave. E.
circa 1925
1/11 32
Casa Nita Apartments, 439 12th Ave. E.
circa 1927
1/11 33
Randolph Apartments building, 1833 13th Ave.
Depue, Morgan & Co., Inc (photographer)
circa 1927
1/11 34 1925
1/11 35
Photograph of architectural drawing of the Revilla Apartments, 436 Main, Ketchikan, Alaska
circa 1927
1/11 36
Photograph of architectural drawing of an apartment building
1/12 37-40
1/12 41-42
1/12 43
1/12 44
Interior of entrance to house
1/12 45-47
1/12 48-49
Gate to a residence
1/12 50-66
1/12 67
Front porch of house
1/12 68
Steps on side of house
1/13 69-73 1926
1/13 74
Room of hotel or apartment
1/13 75
Kitchen of hotel or apartment
1/14 76-79
House interior
1/15 80
1/16-17 81-84

Stuart and DurhamReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Folder item
18 85
Stuart and Durham album
The album contains photographs and photographs of drawings and of buildings. Photographs include: Stuart and Durham office (interior and exterior views), Smith Gandy Ford Motor Co., Interlocking Tile Corp., residence for Dr. and Mrs. K.J. Holiday, and an elementary school (interior and exterior views).Photographs of drawings include: Wilson Equipment Co., Howe Motor Co., alteration plan for YWCA, Queen Vista apartment building (Queen Anne Ave.and W. Lee St), Shoreland apartment building (Lakeside Ave. and Jackson), addition to Pine St. Christian Church (Tacoma), Congregational Church (Bellingham), North Bend Fire Station, Dr. and Mrs. K.J. Holiday residence, and various unnamed churches and residences.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Apartment houses--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Architecture, Domestic--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Architecture--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Church buildings--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Photographs
  • Church buildings--Washington (State)--Tacoma--Photographs
  • Commercial buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Elementary schools--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Hotels--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Houses--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)

Personal Names

  • Durham, Robert L. (Robert Lewis), 1912-
  • Stuart, B. Dudley
  • Wheatley, A

Geographical Names

  • Bellingham (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • Tacoma (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Architectural drawings

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Stuart & Wheatley (architect)
    • Stuart and Durham (architect)