Terry, Roland C.W.

(1917 - 2006)

Born June 2, 1917, Roland Clyde Webster Terry was born and raised in Seattle. He received his formal architectural training at the University of Washington where he received a Bachelorís degree in Architecture in 1940. During this time, the architecture program was in the process of transitioning from a traditional Beaux-Arts style education to a Modernist ideology. Terry greatly benefited from this transitional period and thrived under the mentorship of faculty members Lionel Pries and Hope Foote. While in school, he gained valuable practical experience by working for architect William Bain (1935) and J. Lister Holmes (1939-1941).

In 1941, Terry won an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Langley Scholarship which allowed him to tour South America and see many examples of the region's early Modern buildings. Upon returning to the United States in 1942, he entered the military for a four year stint (1942-1946). While serving in the armed forces, he designed and supervised construction of an Officers Club in New Mexico for the US Air Corps (1943).

When Terry returned to Seattle in 1946, he joined University of Washington classmates Bert A. Tucker and Robert M. Shields to form the architectural firm of Tucker, Shields & Terry. The firm designed a variety of custom houses, restaurants and other small buildings, usually in wood and other natural materials, and began to emerge as leaders of a modern movement in the Northwest. Terry took a leave of absence from the partnership in 1949 to study painting in Paris and officially left the firm in 1951.

Notable projects by the firm during Terryís tenure include the Tucker, Shields & Terry Architectural Office (1947); Burnett House (1949); Sayres House with Geo. Stoddard (1950) on Hunts Point; Canlis Restaurant (1951); and a remodel of the Paul R. Smith House (1950).

In 1952, Terry formed a new partnership with architect Philip A. Moore. Together, Terry & Moore executed a large number of residences and commercial projects, many of which were featured in a variety of local, regional, and national publications.

Articles appeared in House & Gardenís Book of Building (1958); Sunsetís Hillside Homes (1969), Ideas for Storage (1966) and Ideaís for Planning your New Home (c.1967). Other notable projects include Crabapple Restaurant (1954); the Alex Patterson House (1958) on Whidbey Island featured in Sunset Magazine; Hauberg House (1954); Jarvis House (1957); Paul Siegel Decorative Center (1960) featured in Pacific Architect & Builder; the Day House (1959) in Central Point, Oregon; and the Cutler House (1960).

In 1960, the firm of Terry & Moore dissolved and Terry opened his own independent practice. He continued to design houses and other structures, as well as restaurants and other interior spaces in Seattle, San Francisco, and Honolulu. Among his later works are the Stewart House (1965); Washington Park Towers (1967); the Seatac Hilton Inn Restaurant (1960); the Doubletree Inn (1970); Nordstromís downtown store (1970); and the Andrews House (1995).

In 1974, longtime associate, Robert H. Egan became a partner and the name of the firm was changed to Terry & Egan. The partnership endured until 1987. Terry was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 1980 and received the AIA Seattle Chapter Medal in 1991, the highest award given by the chapter. In his later years, Terry lived quietly at his property near Mt Vernon. He passed away on June 8, 2006.

Photo courtesy of Department of Architectural Licensing.
Canlis Resturant, Seattle (1951)<br>Photo courtesy of UW Special Collections.
Alger House, Seattle (1955)<br>Photo courtesy of UW Special Collections.
Burnett House, Seattle (1949)<br>Photo courtesy of UW Special Collections.
Fleeson House, Bellingham (1956)<br>Photo courtesy of DAHP.
Hauberg House, Seattle (1957)<br>Photo courtesy of UW Special Collections.
Photo courtesy of Department of Architectural Licensing.