Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Schack, James

ID: 2357
Full Name: James Hansen Schack , Sr.
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: Germany/US
Birth Date: 10/29/1871
Death Date: 03/16/1933
Family: Spouse: James H. Schack married his wife, Artie Bellows Schack (born 05/1874) c. 1899; Artie was born in Missouri; her parents came from Vermont and Indiana.
Parents: According to the U.S. Census of 1900, James H. Schack, Sr.'s parents both came from Germany, although the 1920 U.S. Census indicated that they had both been born in Denmark; they lived in Schleswig, Germany, when James was born. (According to a Kansas State Census done in 1905, there was a James Schack still living there, who had been born c. 1856.) His father's name was Peter J. Schack; his mother's maiden name was registered on his death certificate as "Smith" but was probably originally "Schmidt." His mother was still alive in 10/1924.
Children: James H. Schack, Sr., and Artie Bellows Schack had five children, three of whom survived: Edwin B. Shack (born c. 1907), John B. (04/20/1909-04/25/2004, Everett, WA, SSN: 531-14-2459) and James H. Schack, Jr. (04/20/1909-05/31/1997, d. Portland, OR, SSN: 532-05-0580). The above dates were obtained from U.S. Census and Social Security Death Indexes. Alternate birth dates were obtained for a Schack infant born 11/13/1902 and "James H. Schack" (08/18/1904 supposedly a female child) born to James H. Schack and Artie Bellows from King County Birth Indexes. The earlier Schack infant was born at 1825 12th Avenue in Seattle. James was born at 1110 East Denny Way. Schack's great-grandson, John Schack, also became an architect. James H. Schack, Jr., married Elizabeth J. Eggert on 03/13/1943 in Seattle, WA.
Relocation: Born in Germany, Schack came to the U.S. c. 1888. Architectural historian David A. Rash has reported that "He had received practical training in architecture from study in evening school in Chicago and from various architectural offices." (See David A. Rash, "Schack, Young & Myers," in Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed., Shaping Seattle Architecture, [Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994], p. 156.) In a U.S. Passport application of 10/10/1924, Schack indicated having arrived from Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1888, and that he "...resided 36 years, uninterruptedly, in the United States, from 1888 to 1924, at Nebr. Ia. Mo. and Seattle, Washington." No mention was made in this document of Chicago. It also noted that he had been naturalized in the "Court of Div. of West. Dist. of Mo., at Kansas City, Mo. on October 11, 1900." In 1900, Schack lived with his new bride in Kansas City, MO, at 1911 East 15th Street. Artie Schack had been born in MO, and may have been the reason that he lived there at the time. His profession on the census form was "architect." He resettled in Seattle, WA, by c. 1901; in 1902, James and Artie Schack lived at 1825 12th Ave., where a male child was born on 11/13/1902.
Biographical Information: Work History: Principal, James H. Schack, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1901-1907; in 1905, Schack had his office in the Downs Block. (See Classified Ads, Seattle Times, 08/22/1905, p. 14.) Olof Hanson would serve as an associate c. 1906. Partner, Schack and Huntington, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1908; Partner, Schack, Young and Myers, Architects, Seattle, WA; Partner, Schack and [Arrigo M.] Young, Architects, Seattle, WA, 08/1920-;
Miscellaneous: Schack came to the U.S. in 1898 and was naturalized in 1900, according to the 1920 U.S. Census. According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Schack had come to the U.S. in 1889 and had been naturalized by that time. Given the length of residency required to obtain naturalized status, the likelihood is that Schack had come to the U.S. in 1889.
Countries: Germany
United States
Structures: 105 Ward Street Apartments, Seattle, WA - 1930-1931 (15262)
1st Methodist Episcopal Church #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA - 1907-1910 (6224)
ABC Warehouse and Transfer Warehouse, Longview, WA - (12024)
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE), Oriental Building, Seattle, WA - 1908-1909 (7088)
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Mines Building, Seattle, WA - 1908-1909 (7081)
Arctic Club Building #1, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA - 1908-1909 (8294)
Ballard, Roy P., House, Seattle, WA - (11970)
Baroness Apartment Hotel, First Hill, Seattle, WA - 1930-1931 (12003)
Batley, W.A., House, Seattle, WA - (12022)
Chinese Baptist Church, Seattle, WA - (12005)
City of Seattle, Civic Auditorium, Seattle, WA - 1925-1928 (5248)
College Club #2, Seattle, WA - (11971)
Colonial Building, Longview, WA - (12025)
Columbia River Mercantile Department Store, Longview, WA - (12026)
Crematorium Project, Spokane, WA - (11895)
De La Mar Apartment Building, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA - 1908-1909 (15271)
Dilling Hotel Project, Seattle, WA - (11896)
Eldridge Buick Dealership, Seattle, WA - (11993)
Garber, B. A., House, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA - (14931)
Geary, W. Logan, House, Seattle, WA - (11969)
Gelb Building, University District, Seattle, WA - (8684)
Grand Opera House, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA - 1898-1900 (6078)
Hemrich, Andrew, House, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA - 1908-1909 (11648)
Hotel Monticello, Longview, WA - 1922-1923 (12004)
Japanese Baptist Church, Seattle, WA - (12006)
Long-Bell Lumber Company Garage, Longview, WA - (12027)
Longview Company Apartment Building, 1302 21st Avenue, Longview, WA - (12028)
Longview Company Apartment Building, 1328 21st Avenue, Longview, WA - (12029)
Longview Company Office Building, Longview, WA - (12030)
Longview Master Plan, Longview, WA - 1922-1923 (11983)
Saint Helens Inn, Dormitory, Longview, WA - 1922-1924 (12031)
Savoy Hotel, Seattle, WA - 1905-1906 (7027)
Seattle Chamber of Commerce Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA - 1924 (5178)
Sunset Motor Car Dealership, Seattle, WA - (11951)
University Baptist Church, Seattle, WA - (12007)
Veterans' Hall, Seattle, WA - (12023)
Young, M. Hardwood, House, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA - (14956)
Publications: Croly, Herbert, "The Building of Seattle: A City of Great Architectural Promise", Architectural Record, 32: 1, 10, 07/1912.
Swope, Carolyn T., "M Hardwood Young Residence (1909)", Classic Houses of Seattle, 146, 246, 2005.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, "The Baroness, 1930", Guide to Architecture in Washington State, 147, 2010.
Woodbridge, Sally, Montgomery, Roger, Guide to Architecture in Washington State, 128, 1980.
Woodbridge, Sally B., Montgomery, Roger, Guide to Architecture in Washington State An Environmental Perspective, 123, 1980.
Homes and Gardens of the Pacific Coast, 1: np, 1913.
"First Methodist Episcopal Church, Seattle, Wash.", Pacific Builder and Engineer, 08/17/1906.
Seattle Architectural Club Yearbook 1910, np, 1910.
Seattle Architectural Club Yearbook 1910, np, 1910.
Brazier, Dorothy Brant, "213 Cherry St. and theaters past", Seattle Times, D3, 09/09/1970.
"A Few of the Magnificent New Homes in Seattle", Seattle Times, 5,
"Buys Lots for Home", Seattle Times, 27, 08/14/1921.
"Lights Blaze in Garber Home Again at Garden Club Exhibit", Seattle Times, 9, 12/11/1934.
"Garber to construct home", Seattle Times, 24, 10/30/1921.
Rash, David A., "Schack, Young and Myers", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 158, 1994.
Rash, David A., "Schack, Young and Myers", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 161, 1994.
Rash, David A., "Schack, Young and Myers", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 161, 1994.
Rash, David A., "Schack, Young and Myers", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 160, 1994.
Rash, David A., "Schack, Young and Myers", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 160, 1994.
Anderson, Dennis, Dietz, Duane, "Olof Hanson", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 99, 1994.
Rash, David A., "Schack, Young and Myers", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 157, 1994.
Rash, David A., "Schack, Young and Myers", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 156, 1994.
Rash, David A., "Schack, Young and Myers", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 159, 1994.
Rash, David A., "Schack, Young and Myers", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 158, 1994.
Johnston, Norman J., "Harlan Thomas", Shaping Seattle Architecture, 130, 1994.