Born on July 2, 1913 in Hurley, New Mexico and raised in Spokane, Bliss Moore Jr. received his formal architectural education at the University of Washington, graduating in 1935. Upon graduation, he went to work for architect J. Lister Holmes (1936-1940) and then gained valuable experience by working at the firm of Young & Richardson (1941-1946), before opening his own independent practice.
His early projects included the Dr. Herb Day House (1944) in Bellevue, but his own home, also in Bellevue (1947) brought his newly founded firm critical acclaim and publicity. Moore’s home received an honorable mention in a 1947 House and Garden home design competition and was then featured in a variety of publications including Pacific Northwest Book of Homes.
Other notable projects include his design for the Bellevue Shopping Square (1948); the Crabapple Restaurant (1948); the Art Hainsworth Housing Development in Bow Lake (1949); and the Anacortes Fire & Police Station (1952), completed posthumously.
Moore, a former member of the King County Planning Commission, passed away suddenly in 1951 just as his career was beginning to take off. He died in Bellevue at the young age of 38 on December 8th.