Theodore “Ted” Alfred LaCourse was born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey. Following a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Washington in 1949, LaCourse began his own independent practice in Seattle focusing on mainly on residential design.
Several of his works were featured in local newspapers and he was a regular contributor to the Seattle Times Home of the Month program. Known as a “builders’ architect,” LaCourse worked closely with many Seattle area builders providing them with modest, but thoughtful designs. Among his known works are the Donald Davison House (1949) on the Sand Point Golf Course; the Bel Air Apartments (1966) in Bellevue; and Dave’s Fifth Avenue Tavern (1956) in Seattle. The Surf Apartments (1959) on Lake Washington was one of LaCourse's larger projects. Supported on concrete pilings 40 ft into the water, the apartment house featured 30 luxury units as well as a floating cabana and heating swimming pool.
LaCourse passed away in Bellevue on Nov. 23, 1996 at the age of 71. Docomomo WEWA is seeking additional information about the life and work of Ted LaCourse. Please contact us if you have more information.