Born in Marshall, Minnesota in 1918, Edward Leonard Cushman received his formal architectural education at the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelorís degree in architecture in 1942. During the early war years he was stationed in the Panama Canal zone and was then transferred to Seattle in 1944 to work for the Boeing Company. Reportedly Cushman completed some graduate work in city planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1949), but never received a formal degree.
Initially he worked for architect George W. Stoddard, and then took a job with the architectural firm of Bassetti & Morse. Further experience was gained by working at the firm of Mallis & DeHart before opening up his own independent practice in 1954.
Projects include the Charles & Meribah Smith House (1950) in Bellevue (with Van Horne & Van Horne); the Herzl Religious School Building (1956) in Seattle; Weinstein Cabin (1957) in Dungeness; the Miesian style Patashnik House (1959) in Kirkland; the In-Town Motel (1957); the Butler House (1960) in Seattle; Alki Sands Apartments (1963); the Alki and Greenlake Spud Fish & Chips Restaurants (1960) in Seattle; the Temple Beth Israel (1960) in Aberdeen; and the Roe House (1962) in Shoreline.
Cushman, an avid art collector (who gifted many of his important works to the Seattle Art Museum), died in Seattle on November 1, 2006. Docomomo WEWA is seeking additional information about the life and work of Edward Cushman.
-Michael C. Houser
Photo Courtesy of State Dept. of Architectural Licensing