Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Alden, Charles

ID: 2541
Full Name: Charles Henry Alden , Jr.
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Birth Date: 09/27/1867
Death Date: 09/27/1951
Family: Spouse: Alden remained unmarried.
Parents: According to the 1880 Census, his parents were Charles Henry Alden, Sr., a Surgeon with the U.S. Army born c. 1837 in PA and Katherine Russell Lincoln, a housewife, born in 1839 in PA. Charles, Sr.'s parents were born in CT and RI. Catherine's parents were both born in MA. He was one of three children--Alice (born c. 1865 in PA) and Eliot (born c. 1875 in Walla Walla, WA) and two Irish servants in the household, Catherine Graham and Anna Murray.
Relocation: According to the 1880 Census, Charles H. Alden, Jr., was living in Hingham, MA, and was 12 years old.
Biographical Information: Education: B.Arch., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN, 1884-1887; M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1890;
Work History: Architect, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, Architects, Boston, MA, c. 1890; Alden worked in Palo Alto, CA, on the design of Stanford University for the firm, along with Charles Coolidge. Architect, Howard and Galloway, Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1907-1909; he worked on the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) with Howard and Galloway. Principal, Charles Henry Alden, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1909-1951; Architect, Pan Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), Buildings and Grounds Commission, San Francisco, CA, 1913-1915; for the P.P.I.E., Alden first was in charge of specifications and then the Architectural Department's Division of Works; while working on the PPIE, Alden remained headquartered in Seattle. Supply Officer, US Army Expeditionary Forces, 86th Division; Assistant to the Commanding Officer, Boston Quartermaster Corps Depot; Assistant to the Chief Quartermaster, 6th Army, American Expeditionary Forces; Adj., 122nd Engineers, AEF; Assistant to the Engineering Officer in Charge of Construction, American Embarkation Center, AEF Constructing QM Group; Colonel, Inactive, US Army Reserve, c. 1939;
Miscellaneous: Member, University Club, Seattle, WA; Member, Cosmos Club, Seattle; Member, Loyal Legion, Seattle; Member, Pacific Northwest Academy of Arts; Honorary Member, 1st Corps of Cadets, MA Volunteer Militia; in 1939, Alden classified himself as an "independent" politically; Episcopalian;
Professional Awards: Post College: Fellow, American Institute of Architects, before 1939.
Countries: United States
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Hingham, MA