Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Willman, Arvo

ID: 3279
Full Name: Arvo R. Willman
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Birth Date: 08/15/1911
Death Date: 07/15/1970
Family: Parents: His parents were both Finnish and married c. 1910 in the US. His father, John W. Willman (born c. 1880), worked as a blacksmith making ornamental ironwork. His mother, Elizabeth (born c. 1880), worked as a household servant for another family. John Willman came to the US in 1901, Elizabeth, 1902. Arvo's sister, Mildred E. Willman (born c. 1917 in WA), was six years younger.
Relocation: Born in WA, Willman lived with his parents and sister at 2015 18th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, in 1930. The family owned this residence which had an approximate value of $2,000, a modest sum. He died in San Mateo County, CA, at the age of 58. He reported an address of 2013 18th Avenue South, Seattle, WA in 1942.
Biographical Information: Education: B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, 1934. This was a highly significant group of graduates in the Class of 1934. Along with Willman, others graduating included: James Joseph Chiarelli ([who would later practice with Paul Hayden Kirk and on his own), Perry Bertil Johanson ([1910-1981] who was a founding partner of the huge Seattle architectural firm of NBBJ), Stanley Glenn Page, John R. Sproule ([1908-1993] who ran his own practice in Seattle for many years), Paul Gideon Sutherland, Arvo Ronald Willman ([1911-1970], who also would practice in Seattle and CA), and Minoru Yamasaki ([1912-1986] who became an internationally-known designer of the World Trade Center, NY, NY.) (See "U.W. Graduates Ready for Degree," Seattle Sunday Times, 06/17/1934, p. 12.)
Work History: Draftsman, Smith, Carroll and Johanson, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1935; Draftsman, George W. Groves, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1936; Designer, Lytel and Shorett, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1938-1939; Architect, Federal Housing Authority, Seattle, WA, 1939-1942; US Navy, 1942-1944;
Miscellaneous: SSN: 531-12-7894;
Countries: United States
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Seattle, WA