Cuykendall, Douglas L.

(1920 - 2008)

Douglas Loren Cuykendall was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on February 24, 1920. However, he was raised in Mocassin, Montana and came to the Pacific Northwest with his family in 1933, settling in Kent. During WWII, Cuykendall served with the Marine Corps and after the war attended the University of Washington on the G.I. Bill. He graduated with a Bachelorís degree in architecture in 1949. Upon graduation, Cuykendall worked for a variety of local architecural offices before forming a partnership with Marvin S. Iles and Harold P. Blean in 1956.

Together the Cuykendall, Iles & Blean firm designed an educational wing for the Seaview Methodist Church education wing (1958) in Seattle; a J. C. Penney Department Store (1958) in Kent; Missile Maintenance Buildings (1959) in Poulsbo; the Boeing Engine Test Facility (1959) in Seattle; and the Sealth High School Stadium (1965) in Seattle. The firm specialized in apartment buildings. Notable projects included the Taylor Apartments (1959); 170 Melrose Ave Apartments (1959); and the Villa Capri Apartments (1960) all in Seattle.

When Bean left the firm, Cuykendall reorganized the office as Cuykendall, Iles & Associates in 1963. Projects included the designed West Seattle Eye Clinic (1967); and the Miesian inspired Western Optical Office & Laboratory Building (1966) in Seattle.

The firm also took an active interest in historic preservation projects and rehabilitated Lincoln High School (1969-1971); Coe Elementary School gymnasium/learning resource center (1971-1972, destroyed); and a rehabilitation of the Old State Capitol Building (1983) in Olympia.

Cuykendall died in Port Ludlow on March 25, 2008. Docomomo-WeWA is seeking additional information about the life and work of Douglas Cuykendall.

-Michael C. Houser

Photo courtesy of Department of Architectural Licensing.
Taylor Apartments, Seattle (1959) <br>Photo courtesy of Google
Western Optical Office & Lab, Seattle (1966) <br>Photo courtesy of Google
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Photo courtesy of Department of Architectural Licensing.