John C. Rushmore was born on July 4, 1921 in Yakima, Washington. He attended Yakima Valley Junior College before transferring to the University of Washington where he received his Bachelors degree in Architecture in 1949. Upon graduation, Rushmore worked for the firm of Victor Jones & Associates before opening his own independent practice in Bellevue in 1953.
Projects include Tradewell Market in Columbia City (1957); the 1,500 seat Bellevue/John Danz Theater (1961); the Theta Chi Fraternity House addition & skybridge (1964); and the $300,000 Eighth Street Building in Bellevue (1960). His own home, built in 1954, was featured in Pacific Architect & Builder and utilized a laminated timber roof constructed of 2x4s laid on edge.
Rushmore practiced in Bellevue until his retirement in 1998 and passed away on August 18, 2001 in Bellevue. Docomomo WEWA is seeking additional information about the life and work of John C. Rushmore.
- Michael C. Houser
Photo courtesy of Department of Architectural Licensing.