Sibold, Donn M.

(1923 - )

Born June 9, 1923, Donn Mueller Sibold grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelorís degree in Architecture in 1947. While finishing up his studies and upon graduation, he worked for noted architect B. Marcus Priteca (November 1947 to March 1948) and then took a job as an estimator and field engineer for the Lease & Leigland Company. During WWII, Sibold served as a Design Section Leader for the Engineers Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps.

With formal training and on-the-ground experience, Sibold was licensed by the State of Washington (No. 522) on August 4, 1949. That year, he moved to Olympia and began a short stint as the in-house architect for the Washington State Parks Commission. Projects include a ranger residence for Camano Island State Park (1954); a bath house for Wenberg State Park (1954); and a ranger residence and kitchen shelter at Mount Spokane State Park (1953).

In 1961, Sibold formed a short-lived partnership with Seattle architect Harold J. Nesland. Projects by the firm of Sibold & Nesland include a remodel for American Federal Savings & Loan (1963) in Tacoma and the Neo-Expressionist Capitol Savings & Loan (1963) in Olympia.

Sibold maintained an office in Olympia until 1963 and Nesland remained in Seattle. By 1965 the two parted ways and established independent firms. The only known work to date by Sibold & Associates is the Cucina Del Lago Restaurant (c. 1980) on Lake Chelan.

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Photo courtesy of Dept of Architectural Licensing
Capitol Savings & Loan, Olympia (1963) <br>Photo courtesy of State Archives
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Photo courtesy of Dept of Architectural Licensing