John C. Bryant

Bryant, John C.

(1916 – 2006)

Born June 2, 1916, in Westbrook, Maine, John Cyprian Bryant received his formal architectural training at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1941. His on-the-job experience included stints with architect William Arild Johnson where he served as draftsman (later job captain), and with Everett architect, Harold Hall.

In 1955, Bryant established his own firm (1955-1960) in Everett and shortly thereafter was joined by Robert Butterfield and Norman G. Aehle. Early projects include music building at Everett High School (1956), the Physical Education Building (1958) for the Nooksack Valle School District, Winlock High School (1959) in Winlock, the E.J. Watson Home (1958) in Mount Vernon, and several buildings at Northwest Bible College (1959-1960) in Kirkland. A design for their architectural office in Everett (1955) received a variety of press coverage and led to additional commissions.

After Aehle left in 1960, Bryant and Butterfield promoted Jack Frets to become a partner (1960-1970). Together projects include the Bank of Everett (1964), the Casino Equipment Building (1968) and General Telephone Co. Building (1968) in Everett, Baker View Apartments (1968) for the Everett Housing Authority, and a support center complex (1968) in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Bryant was an active member of the Everett Planning Commission (1969-1974) and passed away in Everett on March 18, 2006.

– Michael C Houser

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