Born on December 20, 1917 in Spokane, Burr Richards received his formal architectural training at the University of Washington, graduating in 1947. Drafted during Word War II, Richards served in the Naval Reserve and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander before settling in Bellevue in 1948.
While in school, Richards gained valuable experience working for the architectural firm of Young & Richardson (1946-1947), and then for the firm of Bain, Overturf and Turner (1948-1950). In 1952, he formed a short lived partnership with Barnard Carmin (1952-1958).
Richards became known for his high-end, custom homes. Notable projects include the Miller House (1953) on Mercer Island; the MacRae House (1957); Henry Isaacson Sr. House in the Highlands (1970); Campbell/Foss House (1960) in Medina; and the Lindley House (1970) on Hunts Point.
Many of his designs were featured in Sunset Idea books of the 1950s through 1970s. The MacRae House (1957) and his own home (1958) were featured several times in Sunset Magazine. Others projects include an addition for the IBM Building in Seattle (1959); the Watson Clinic (1958) in Bremerton; and an office building for A.H. Lundberg (1956) on Mercer Island.
Richards passed away in Bellevue on July 12, 1996. Docomomo WEWA is seeking additional information about the life and work of Burr Richards.