Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Sylliaasen, Melvin

ID: 2592
Full Name: Melvin Oliver Sylliaasen
Occupation: Engineer
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 11/01/1890
Family: Spouse: Sylliaasen was married before 1917.
Parents: His parents, Christ (born c. 1861 in Norway) and Hanna Sylliaasen (born c. 1859 in Norway), married c. 1884. The sometimes reliable US Census (of 1910) indicated that Christ and Hanna came to the US in 1881. He had been naturalized. They had five children, four sons--Oscar T. (born c. 1886 in SD), Clarence J. (born c. 1888 in SD), Melvin, and Vincent (born c. 1895 in SD) and a daughter, Olive (born c. 1892 in SD). According to the US Census of 1910, Christ worked as a building contractor. His son Oscar worked as an electrician, Clarence as a salesman for a haberdasher. Melvin attended the University of Washington, and Olive and Vincent, high school.
Children: He had at least one child born after 1905.
Relocation: Born in Yankton, SD, Sylliaasen lived in Seattle, WA, by 1910, and presumably before, because he attended the University of Washington. His parents lived in SD from at least 1886-1895, before coming to Seattle.
Biographical Information: Education: B.S., Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, c. 1910;
Work History: Civil Engineer, V.D. Simons, Industrial Engineer, Vancouver, BC, Canada, c. 09/1917; Partner, Sylliaasen, Bebb, Jones and Bouillon, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1942; Partner, Jones, Bouillon, Thiry, and Sylliaasen, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1943-1944;
Miscellaneous: On his US Draft Registration Card (09/11/1917), Sylliaasen was described as being tall, having a medium build, with blue eyes and light brown hair.
Professional Awards: College: Captain, Cadets, University of Washington, Seattle, two years, c. 1918-1920;
Countries: United States