Bryant, John C.

(1916 - 2006)

Born June 2, 1916 in Westbrook, Maine, John Cyprian Bryant received his formal architectural training at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1941. His on-the-job experience included stints with architect William Arild Johnson where he served as draftsman (later job Captain), and with Everett architect, Harold Hall.

In 1955, Bryant established a firm (1955-1960) in Everett and shortly thereafter was joined by Robert Butterfield and Norman G. Aehle. Early projects include music building at Everett High School (1956); Physical Education Building (1958) for the Nooksack Valle School District; Winlock High School (1959) in Winlock; the E.J. Watson Home (1958) in Mount Vernon; and several buildings at Northwest Bible College (1959-1960) in Kirkland. A design for their architectural office in Everett (1955) received a variety of press coverage and led to additional commissions.

After Aehle left in 1960, Bryant and Butterfield promoted Jack Frets as partner (1960-1970). Together projects include the Bank of Everett (1964); the Casino Equipment Building (1968) and General Telephone Co. Building (1968) in Everett; the Baker View Apartments (1969) for the Everett Housing Authority; and a support center complex (1968) in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Bryant was an active member of the Everett Planning Commission (1969-1974) and passed away in Everett on March 18, 2006. Docomomo WEWA is seeking additional information about the life and work of John C. Bryant.

-Michael C. Houser

Watson House, Mount Vernon (1958) <br>Photo courtesy of Sunset Mag..
Westrom House, Everett (1960) <br>Photo courtesy of Seattle Times..