Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Shay, Alban

ID: 2621
Full Name: Alban Aurelius Shay
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 02/17/1899
Death Date: 10/18/1984
Family: Spouse: Alban Shay married Marguerite Mueller in Seattle, WA, on 06/27/1923.
Children: Alban and Marguerite Shay had two sons: Alban Lewis and Richard King Shay.
Relocation: Born in Columbus, OH, Alban A. Shay lived in Seattle, WA, (Census Precinct W10P8 in 1910) by age 11, according to the 1910 U.S. Census. Shay reported an address of 630 Hillside Drive, Seattle, WA, in 1942. He died in the 98105 zip code of Seattle at the age of 85.
Biographical Information: Education: Coursework, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Arch., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1922;
Work History: Draftsman, Warren and Wetmore, Architects, New York, NY, c. 1922; Draftsman, George B. Post and Sons, Architects, New York, NY, c. 1923; Shay came to Seattle, WA, to work on drawings for the Olympic Hotel; Draftsman, John Reed, Jr., Architect, San Francisco, CA; in Reed's Office, Shay worked on the numerous San Francisco public high school commissions that the firm had; Draftsman, Bebb and Gould, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1924; for Bebb and Gould, he did work on projects within the Metropolitan Tract of Downtown Seattle, the property of the University of Washington. Principal, Alban A. Shay, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1927-1935, 1940-1975; Partner, Thiry and Shay, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1936-1939; Shay kept an office in the Skinner Building in Downtown Seattle. In approximately 09/1932, Shay changed offices within the Skinner Block from the third floor to #523 on the fifth. (See "Personal," Architect and Engineer, 10/1932, p. 68.)
Teaching: Instructor, University of Washington, Department of Architecture, Seattle, WA, 1924;
Miscellaneous: Member, Washington Athletic Club, Seattle, WA, c. 1939; Member, Press Club, Seattle, WA, c. 1939; Member, 49er Club, c. 1939; Member, University Club, Seattle, WA, c. 1939; Member, Masons, Seattle, WA, c. 1939; Shay identified himself as a Republican and a Protestant when surveyed in 1939. SSN: 536-36-3466;
Professional Awards: College: Member of the Architectural Society, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, c. 1921; awarded Second Medal in Beaux-Arts Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, c. 1922;
Countries: United States
Locations: Architect's Death:
Seattle, WA
Architect's Birth:
Columbus, OH