Born in Norway on January 1, 1922, Anker Molver grew up in Seattle and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1936. He received his formal education at the University of Washington, where he received his Bachelor degree in architecture in 1951. By 1953, Molver and Bernard Stertzer had formed a partnership, to be joined by Robert Marquette just a year later. The partnership lasted only a few years and by 1957 Molver had opened his own independent practice.
Molver is known for his richly textured dwellings in the Seattle area. Projects include a house at 3917 SW Arroyo St (1955) in Seattle; the Robert Mattheison House (c.1958) in Innis Arden; Thomas & Helen Kane Houser (1961) in Seattle; a Eden House at 13200 9th Ave NW (1969) in Seattle; and the Henkel (1974) and the Nelson (c.1973) Home on Mercer Island.
Commercial projects include several designs for the Herfy’s Burger chain in the 1960s; and several Pietro’s Pizza Houses in the late 1960s. By the mid-to-late 1960s, Molver began working informally with architect Michael Soldano.
Molver retired in 1985 and spent part of the year in California. He passed away in Seattle on November 11, 2011.
- Michael C. Houser
Photo courtesy of Department of Architectural Licensing.