(1914 – 1980)
Born in Dabrunka, Russia, on October 10, 1914, George Bolotin grew up in Seattle and attended Garfield High School. A gifted artist, he initially attended the Cornish School of Art on scholarship in 1934-1936 but then transferred to the University of Washington in 1936-1941. After World War II, he went to work for architect John T. (Ted) Jacobsen in 1945, and subsequently served as a draftsman for Victor Jones & Associates for nearly ten years (1946-1954).
With valuable experience at hand, Bolotin opened his own firm in 1955 and specialized in apartment buildings and clinics. His straightforward, no-nonsense designs for developers brought him an endless number of clients throughout the late 1950s and 1960s. Notable projects include the Blue Spruce Apartments (1956); Price Manor Apartments (1958); the Rochdale House Apartments (1960) the Edgewater Apartment complex (1960); Harborview Tower (1960), and the Panorama House Apartments (1961), all in Seattle. He also designed the Chalet (1968) at Panorama Retirement home in Lacey. His firm also developed the plans for the Sans Souci Condominiums (1975) in Tacoma for the then newly formed Quadrant Corporation. Bolotin’s known clinic designs include the Bridge Clinic & Professional Offices (1956), and the Peizer Medical-Dental Clinic (1958) both in Seattle.
Other known projects include the James Sadler House (1956) featured in the Seattle Times; a residence for Dr. Roger Hendricks (1956); a seven-story executive office building for the Doric Company (1959); and a Department Store/Discount House in Tacoma for developer Alex Shulman.
Bolotin, who held architectural licenses in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon and Washington, passed away in Seattle in January of 1980.
– Michael C Houser