Beatty, Robert W.

(1927 - 2000)

Architect Robert Wade Beatty was born in Portland, Oregon on November 30, 1927. He received his formal architectural training at the University of Washington graduating in 1956.

Active in the Seattle chapter of the AIA while still in school, Beatty became the Program Chair for the Seattle Times Home of the Month program in 1956. That same year he passed his Washington state architectural exams and was eventually licensed to practice in Alaska.

After establishing his own firm in 1957, Beatty’s early career focused on single-family residences. His design for the William Edward House in the Vista Mountain Development with architect Walter R. Bell, was a Seattle Times Home of the Month (Oct. 1956). His Split Entry style home in the Manhattan View Estates outside of Burien was also featured in the Seattle Times (April 1957). The next year Beatty worked with the Home Improvement Contractors Council of Home Builders Association to show the possibilities of remodeling an older home. Their “Project Face-lift” was featured in the Seattle Times (Dec. 1958). His design for the David Wing House (1961) near Seward Park with his associate, John Pearce Jones, was also featured in the Seattle Time (Apr. 1961).

Non-residential projects included Highland Park Methodist Church (1960); and the Bonney Lake Library (1975), 3-part module building developed by the Western Modular Corp. of Kent.

Beatty specialized in apartment buildings. Known projects include the 1123 Taylor Avenue Apartments (1959); the Letitia Apartments (1960); Plaza 4300 Apartments (1960); an apartment at 4314 Dayton Ave. (1960); an apartment at 2345 Minor Ave N. (1960); the Dor Rik Apartments (1961); Barrett West Apartments (1964); the Lockside Apartments (1964); the Iron Ridge Apartments (1969) in Burien; and the Shorewood Town Houses (1978).

Beatty passed away in Seattle on January 31, 2000.

-Michael C. Houser

Photo courtesy of State Department of Architectural Licensing.
Plaza 4300 Apartments, Seattle (1960) <br>Photo courtesy of Seattle Times
Edwards House, Seattle (1956) <br>Photo courtesy of King County Assessor
4314 Dayton Ave. Apartments, Seattle (1960) <br>Photo courtesy of Seattle Times
1123 Taylor Ave. Apartments, Seattle (1960) <br>Photo courtesy of DAHP
1100 5th Ave. Apartments, Seattle (1960) <br>Photo courtesy of King County Assessor
Photo courtesy of State Department of Architectural Licensing.