McCool, Blaine

(1923 - 2006)

Born on February 1, 1923 in Emmett, Idaho, Blaine McCool grew up in Seattle and attended Roosevelt High School. McCool was drafted during World War II and entered the Army Air Force Cadet training at the University of Nevada, graduating in March of 1944. In 1946, McCool enrolled at the University of Washington where he remained until 1949. For reasons unknown, McCool completed his studies at Edison Technical School graduating with a certificate of merit in architectural drafting in 1950.

Upon graduation, McCool went to work for the architectural and engineering firm of Eckert-Tiffany & Associates. Rising to the level of associate, McCool received his state architectural license on June 26, 1952.

In 1958, he opened his own independent practice with fellow architect Charles E. Morgan. Together, McCool Morgan & Associates had a unique impact on the built environment in Seattle and the surrounding suburbs. The firm specialized in low- to mid-rise apartment buildings, many of which can be found scattered in the Magnolia, Queen Anne and Capitol Hill neighborhoods of Seattle.

Many of the firmís projects were commissioned by real estate developer, Don Kennedy and builder Kemp Hiatt. Projects include the Brooklyn Apartments (1960); CoHo Apartments (1964); and the Tyee Apartments (1963).

The firmís designs were featured extensively in many local and area newspapers. Notable projects by the firm include the seven-story Century House Motel (1961); the Hawaiian Apartments (1959); and addition to the Ridgecrest Community Baptist Church (1958); and Thriftway Market (1958).

McCool passed away in Seattle on January 11, 2006.

- Michael C. Houser

Photo courtesy of Department of Architectural Licensing.
Brooklyn Apartments, Seattle (1960)<br>Photo courtesy of Don Kennedy.
Century House Motel, Seattle (1961)<br>Photo courtesy of Seattle Times.
The Hawaiian Apartments, Seattle (1959)<br>Photo courtesy of Seattle Times.
Photo courtesy of Department of Architectural Licensing.