Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Electrical Engineering Building, Seattle, WA

ID: 5202
Alt. Name: University of Washington, Seattle, Computer Sciences and Engineering Building, Seattle, WA
Construction Date: Start Date: 1947
End Date: 1948
Notes: Architect Paul Thiry, Sr., (1904-1993) laid out the Electrical Engineering Building in a T-shape, the main trunk of the T housing a laboratory equipped with 14 testing stations using AC and DC current. These labs were insulated acoustically from classrooms on the upper two floors. The cross of the T contained 5 other lab spaces as well as 2 shops. The building as originally built had three floors plus a penthouse containing a radar testing laboratory. A circular stair place at the center of the building allowed access to all floors including the penthouse. Both stair towers placed at either end of the T's cross, were glazed to allow students views toward Lake Washington on the East. All faculty offices, as well, were placed on the upper two floors of the cross's eastern side to maximize lake views. The exterior was clad in brick, its fenestration trimmed by contrasting Indiana limestone. Originally, this building's laboratories had easy-cleaning and fire-resistant tile walls, and the offices had plaster. Images of the Electrical Engineering Building are included in Photo Collection #191, American Institute of Architects Photograph Collection, 1943-1976 held in the University of Washington Libraries, Department of Special Collections, Seattle, WA.
Demolition Note: Demolished;
Alteration Note: Thiry's firm added a fourth story in 1972; alterations were made by Kallmann McKinnell and Wood, Architects, Boston, MA, in association with Seattle architects Mahlum and Norfors, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1999;
Building History: John Paul Jones served as the Supervising Architect for the University of Washington, collaborating with Paul Thiry.
Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings
Locations: Structure:
Seattle, WA