Paul Hayden Kirk: Architect of the Northwest

“Paul Hayden Kirk was one of the most well-known Pacific Northwest architects of his time. When he passed away at the age of 80 in May of 1995, his obituary credited him with shaping the Northwest style — ‘boxy shapes, unadorned designs, big windows to capture nature views and practical interiors,’ wrote The Seattle Times.

Kirk moved to Seattle from Salt Lake City, Utah when he was eight years old. He was stricken with polio as a child, affecting the use of his right arm and forcing him to use crutches throughout his life. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, he studied architecture at University of Washington. In 1939, just two years after graduating, he opened his own architecture firm in Seattle. That same year he married Helen Richardson. His brother served as best man at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Classic family man with a gift for architecture. Just look at the guy:”

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Paul Hayden Kirk. Seattle Architect.

Paul Kirk with architectural rendering, Seattle, 1968. Photo: MOHAI