Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Morse, John

ID: 1622
Full Name: John Moore Morse
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1911-08-23
Death Date: 2000-07-26
Family: Relocation: Jack Morse was born in Brookline, MA, and spent his early years in that state. He attended preparatory school in Milton, MA, before attending undergraduate school at Harvard University, Cambridge. MA, for four years (1930-1934). He taught school for three years in Loomis, MA, before returning to the Harvard Graduate School of Design c. 1938. Morse received a deferment from service in World War II, and worked in various positions in Boston, MA, before coming to Seattle, WA, in 1943. Here he worked for George Whitney Stoddard, Architect (1943), and the Boeing Company until war;s end. He partnered with Harvard classmate, Fred Bassetti (born 1917), in a celebrated Seattle architectural partnership between 1947-1962. Morse's last residence was in the 98115 zip code (northeast) of Seattle, WA; he died just shy of his 89th birthday at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle.
Biographical Information: Education: Graduate, Milton Academy, Milton, MA, c. 1930; A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1934; B.Arch., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1940;
Work History: School teacher, Loomis, MA, c. 1934-1937; Morse's work history is complicated; resources do not agree on the times and places of his employment before 1947; the American Architects Directory, 1962, (New York: R.R. Bowker, 1962), indicated the following: "Designer, Walter F. Bogner, Architect, Cambridge, MA, 1940; Designer, Kastner and Hibben, Architects, 1941; Principal, John M. Morse, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1945-1947"; Duane Dietz, Architects and Landscape Architects of Seattle, 1876-1959, (Typescript, 1994) indicated the following: "Designer, Passive Defense Project, Brighton, MA, 1940-1941; Designer, C.B. Ross, Architect, Washington, D.C., 1941-1942; Designer, George W. Stoddard, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1943; Architect, Boeing Company, 1943-1945, Designer, Chiarelli and Kirk, Architects, 1945-1946; Partner, Bassetti and Morse, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1947-1955." Other sources have indicated that Morse worked in the following firms at the following times: Construction Superintendent, C.B. Ross Company, 1941-1942; Partner, Bassetti and Morse, Architects, Seattle, WA, 01/1947-1961; Partner, Bassetti, Morse and Tatom, Architects, Honolulu, HI, c. 1961; Principal, John Moore Morse and Associates, Seattle, WA, 1962- ;
Teaching: Architecture from the Graduate School of Design in 1940. In Boston, he worked as a designer for Harvard architect and professor, Walter Bogner, and as a construction superintendent for the C. B. Ross Company, from 1941-42.
Miscellaneous: Nicknamed "Jack" Morse. SSN: 018-16-7902. In 1962, Morse indicated that there was an office of Bassetti and Morse in Honolulu, Hawaii, with the partners, Bassetti, Morse and Tatom.
Professional Awards: Post College: Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1968; American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, Seattle Medal, 1996.
Countries: United States
Structures: 4400 Fremont Avenue North Apartment Building, Fremont, Seattle, WA - 1951 (18877)
Armbruster, G.J., House, Lake Stevens, WA - 1948 (5192)
Benton County Public Utilities District, Office Building K - (10716)
Birnbaum House, Hilltop, Bellevue, WA - 1953-1954 (10988)
Bullitt, Stimson and Katherine (Kay), House, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA - 1955-1956 (14062)
Caldwell, Theodore, Tract Houses, Seattle, WA - 1951 (11668)
Central Washington College of Education, Library #2, Ellensburg, WA - 1960-1961 (16576)
Central Washington State College, Campus Plan, Ellensburg, WA - 1961 (10717)
Central Washington State College (CWSC), Bouillon Building, Ellensburg, WA - 1961 (16571)
City of Seattle, Public Library (SPL), Branch #2, Lake City, Seattle, WA - 1964-1965 (7976)
Dodd, Lloyd and Mary, House, Normandy Park, WA - 1950 (19023)
East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, WA - 1956 (6419)
Forrest, Marshall, House, Bellingham, WA - 1952 (8028)
Gamma Rho Apartments, Fremont, Seattle, WA - 1950 (5574)
Hoover, Benjamin, House, Seattle, WA - 1956 (3831)
Isaacs, Walter F., House, Hilltop, Bellevue, WA - 1951-1952 (6418)
James, William, House, Ravenna, Seattle, WA - 1951 (10318)
Martin, Gerald and Millicent, House, Seattle, WA - 1952-1953 (8027)
Mercer Island School District, Island Park Elementary School, Mercer Island, WA - 1957 (6420)
Mercer Island School District, Lakeridge Elementary School, Mercer Island, WA - 1953 (6417)
Mercer Island School District, Lakeview Elementary School, Mercer Island, WA - 1952 (11422)
Mercer Island School District, North Mercer Junior High School, Mercer Island, WA - 1961 (8029)
Norwood Village, 12123 SE 27th Street House, Bellevue, WA - 1950 (11062)
Norwood Village Houses, Bellevue, WA - 1950-1951 (11059)
O'Brien, John L., House, Seattle, WA - 1953 (15453)
Scheffer, Victor and Beth, House, Hilltop, Bellevue, WA - 1951 (15444)
State of Washington, Department of Corrections, Washington Corrections Center, Shelton, WA - 1964 (7181)
State of Washington, Department of Corrections, Washington Institute for Women, Gig Harbor, WA - 1969-1971 (5182)
Sunnyslope Homes Housing Development, Kennewick, WA - (14061)
United States Air Force (USAF), McChord Air Force Base, Family Housing, McChord AFB, WA - 1957 (6421)
United States Navy (USN), Whidbey Island Naval Base, Housing, Whidbey Island, WA - 1961 (10718)
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Kincaid, Trevor, Hall, Seattle, WA - 1971 (8725)
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Social Work, Speech, and Hearing Sciences Building, Seattle, WA - 1980 (6905)
University Professional Building, University District, Seattle, WA - 1954 (14284)
Western Washington State College, Bookstore, Bellingham, WA - 1960 (10714)
Western Washington State College (WWSC), Student Union, Bellingham, WA - 1957-1959 (10713)
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Brookline, MA
Architect's Death:
Seattle , WA