A native of Troy, Idaho, Tennys Francis Bellamy was a University of Washington graduate who received his BA in architecture in 1928 and a BA in Fine Arts from Yale in 1930. Bellamy’s practical experience included working in Boston, MA for several years for a variety of architectural firms. He then returned to Seattle where he worked for several architects including Ellsworth Story, and the architectural firms of Schack, Young & Meyers, and Grainger & Thomas. Bellamy received his architectural license in December of 1934, the year he opened his own practice.
Among his more noteworthy projects are a variety of Safeway Stores throughout the Pacific Northwest. His resume notes that he designed 40 stores for the company prior to 1950. After 1950, he designed Safeway stores in Centralia, Port Angles, Kent, Seattle and Bellingham. Other works include: the Eleventh Christ Science Church (1942); Snoqualmie Lodge (1948) for the Mountaineers Club, Standard Service Tire Co. (1948) in Seattle, the Theatre School of Dance (1952, 57), Westgate Shopping Mall (1955) in Edmonds, the Haven Hall Mausoleum in Anacortes (1957), and a variety of residential properties many which were featured in local publications.
Bellamy Passed away in Seattle on May 29, 1974.
-Michael C. Houser
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