Lamont, Daniel E.
Born on October 6, 1912 in Seattle, Daniel Elihu Lamont moved to the east coast as a child and graduated from high school in New Jersey. His formal architectural education began with classes at the University of Washington, Stanford and Yale. For reasons unknown, Lamont transferred to the University of Oregon were he received his Bachelorís degree in Architecture in 1937. While a still student; one of his designs was featured in Architectural Form for the AGA competition. Upon graduation he went to work for architect Gordon B. Kaufmann in Los Angeles, California. After working for Kaufman for a year, Lamont became the assistant chief zone architect for the Federal Housing Administration (1938-1940).
For reasons unknown, Lamont moved to Seattle in 1940 and joined the firm of Loveless & Fey. Within a year he became a partner, and the name of the firm was changed to Loveless, Fey & Lamont. Loveless left the firm in 1942 and the named was shortened to Lamont & Fey.
Early work by the firm includes the McLellan House (1948) and Miller House (1952), both in Seattle; the Auburn General Supply Depot (1952); and the Chief Joseph Dam Warehouse and Utility Shops (1955) near Bridgeport.
Other projects include Green Lake/Evans Pool (1955) in Seattle; the Matthews Beach Park Bathhouse in Seattle (1957, 1961); the Pacific Coast Paper Mills plant (1955) in Bellingham; the Norton Clapp Residence (1957) on Orcas Island; KOOK-Television Studios & Office Building (1959) in Billings, Montana; the Stimson Marina & Industrial Park (1960) in Seattle; the Cascade Natural Gas Corporation Office Building (1961) in Seattle; and the Engineering Building for the Lamb Grays Harbor Co (1964) in Aberdeen.
In 1957 Lamont & Fey formed a short-lived alliance with the Naval architect and engineering firm of W.C. Nickum & Sons. The new firm; Nickum, Lamont & Fey, designed the Seattle Art & Photo Supply Co. (1958); the swimming pool at Golden Gardens Park (1961); the co-operative apartment project at Sunset Beach Club (1961-62); and Sherwood Forest Elementary School in Bellevue (1961). For reasons unknown the partnership was dissolved around 1961.
Lamont & Fey then parted ways in 1967. Lamont opened up his own firm and retired in the late 1970s. Before they departed, Lamontís design for the Wallace Collins House on the shore of Lake Washington was featured in the summer 1965 issue of Architectural Digest. Lamont died in Seattle in June 1987.
- Michael C. Houser