Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


White, Frederick

ID: 2811
Full Name: Frederick Manson White
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Birth Date: 1863-03-18
Death Date: 1952-04-23
Family: Spouse: He married Sally Marie White.
Children: He and his wife had four children, one daughter and three sons.
Relocation: Born in Derby, East Midlands, England, White was the nephew of the renowned American architect, Stanford White (1853-1906), who worked in his uncle's office, McKim, Mead and White, when he first came to the US. He migrated to Portland, OR, c. 1888, to work with the firm of McCaw and Martin, who were designing the 1st Presbyterian Church in Portland at that time. McCaw was from Ireland and Martin from England; a good number of the most successful architectural firms working in the Pacific Northwest were composed of recent immigrants from the British Isles. They seemed to seek one another out and incorporate together frequently until World War I, when the distinction in nationality broke down somewhat; additionally, fewer British architects emigrated to the region after that time. White developed a steady solo practice in Portland, where he worked from c. 1893-1933.
Biographical Information: Education: Coursework, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; coursework, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA.
Work History: Designer, McCaw and Martin, Architects, Portland, OR, c. 1888-1892; Partner, McCaw, Martin and White, Architects, Portland, OR, 1892-1893; Principal, F. Manson White, Architect, Portland, OR, c. 1893-1933. According to architect and historian Richard Ellison Ritz: "He is said to have worked on the design of buildings for the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair, and on the interiors of the Saint Francis Hotel (1902-1904) in San Francisco." (See Richard Ellison Ritz, Architects of Oregon, [Portland, OR: Lair Hill Publishing, 2002], p. 418.) Both Walter Danforth Bliss (1872-1956) and William Baker Faville (1868-1847) had worked at McKim, Mead and White in the 1890s, and may have asked White to assist on the latter project.
Countries: United Kingdom
United States
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Derby, East Midlands
Architect's Death:
Portland, OR