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Architects

Howells, John

ID: 2230
Full Name: John Mead Howells
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 08/14/1868
Death Date: 09/22/1959
Family: Parents: His father was the American Realist writer, William Dean Howells (1837-1920). Beginning in 1860, Howell became integrated into the Transcendentalist's intellectual circle in Boston, MA, and wrote for the important political/literary periodicals of the time, the Atlantic Monthly and Harper's Monthly Magazine. By 1866, he became an Assistant Editor at the Atlantic, and elevated to Editor by 1871, a post he held for a decade; it was through the Atlantic that Howells promoted his realist literary perspective. Before taking on the Atlantic position, he gained favor with Republican politicians during the campaign of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, writing a flattering biography of the candidate. In gratitude, the Lincoln Administration appointed him to a plum post, a consulship in Venice, Italy. It was during his European foreign service that he married his wife, Elinor Gertrude Mead, on 12/24/1862. Elinor grew up in a comfortable, culturally-rich environment in Boston, her father, Larkin Goldsmith Mead, Sr., (1795-1869) being a successful lawyer and tavern owner. Elinor's mother Mary Noyes Mead, was the sister of John Humphrey Noyes (1811-1886), the founder of the Oneida Movement. One brother, Larkin Goldsmith Mead, Jr., (1835-1910) became a noted sculptor, and another sibling, William Rutherford Mead (1846-1928), co-founded the pivotal New York Beaux-Arts architectural firm, McKim, Mead and White. John Mead Howells had two siblings, sisters Winifred and Mildred.
Biographical Information: Education: B.S., Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Dipl., Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France;
Work History: Partner, Howells and Stokes, Architects, New York, NY, 1897-1913. In 1910, Howells and Stokes operated an office in Seattle, WA, overseeing the master plan, design and construction of the Metropolitan Tract, an office, commercial and entertainment complex on the site of the first campus of the University of Washington. Around 1910, this real estate endeavor for the University's proxy developer, the Metropolitan Building Company, was one of the largest planned ensembles of office buildings in the US. Partner, Hood and Howells, Architects, New York, NY, after 1915.
Countries: United States
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Cambridge, MA
USA
Publications: Croly, Herbert, "The Building of Seattle: A City of Great Architectural Promise", Architectural Record, 32: 1, 14-15, 07/1912.
Croly, Herbert, "The Building of Seattle: A City of Great Architectural Promise", Architectural Record, 32: 166, 3-6, 07/1912.
Klaber, John J., "The Cobb building, Seattle, Wash.", Architectural Record, 39: 154-160, 2/1916.
Sprague, Tyler, "The Stability of Interior Corners", Column 5, XX: 34-37, 2006.
Hines, Neal O., Denny's Knoll: A History of the Metropolitan Tract of the University of Washington, 1980.
Hines, Neal O., Denny's Knoll: A History of the Metropolitan Tract of the University of Washington, 173, 1980.
Hines, Neal O., Denny's Knoll: A History of the Metropolitan Tract of the University of Washington, 173, 1980.
Hines, Neal O., Denny's Knoll: A History of the Metropolitan Tract of the University of Washington, 130-139, 171-173, 06/27/1980.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, Guide to Architecture in Washington State, 126, 1980.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, Guide to Architecture in Washington State, 126, 1980.
Royal Insurance Company's Building in San Francisco, 1909.
Seattle Architectural Club Yearbook 1910, np, 1910.
"Plans for New Building for Fourth Avenue", Seattle Daily Times, 43, 1909-11-07.
"New Stimson Building Adds to Metropolitan Grouping", Seattle Daily Times, 20, 01/25/1925.
"Seattle Building Program Downtown Four Millions; Major Projects Under Way or Completed Show Uptrend", Seattle Sunday Times, 18, 10/23/1921.
"Work Will Start Soon on New Cobb Building", Seattle Sunday Times, 7, 05/30/1909.
Upchurch, Michael, "History set in stone", Seattle Times, C1-C2, 07/22/2008.
Veith, Thomas, "Albertson, Wilson & Richardson", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 162, 1994.
Veith, Thomas, "Albertson, Wilson & Richardson", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 162-163, 1994.
University of Washington's Metropolitan Properties, n.p., c. 1951.
Johnston, Norman J., Washington's Audacious State Capitol and Its Builders, 31-32, 1988.