Victor N. J. Jones

Jones, Victor N.J.

(1900 – 1969)

Victor Noble Jarrott Jones was born in Exeter, Ontario on April 21, 1900. He received his formal education from the University of Washington (B.F.A. 1924) and continued his graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania (M.Arch. 1926). Upon graduation, Jones worked for the firm Wilson, Eyre & MacIlvaine (1926) and for Charles Z. Klauder in Philadelphia (1926-1928). In 1928, he returned to the Pacific Northwest and began working with the firm of McClelland & Pinneh (1928-1930). By 1930, Jones became a partner and the name of the firm was changed to McClelland, Pinneh & Jones (1930-1932) and, after Edward Pinneh left the practice, it was changed to, McClelland & Jones (1932-1939).

A national award for Architectural Forum’s “Modernize Main Street” competition brought the firm many commissions including several storefront remodels in downtown Seattle and Bremerton. During the war years, in 1939, Jones formed a short-lived partnership with architect J. Lister Holmes (1939-1942), and took on an additional partner B. Dudley Stuart in 1940. Known projects during this time are limited to the WA State Building at the New York World’s Fair (1939 with Carl Gould & J. Lister Holmes), and a West Seattle Defense Housing Project (1941).

In 1942, Jones established an independent practice (1942-1955); Victor N. Jones & Associates. Projects included the Shore Lodge (1948) in McCall, Idaho; the Administration Building (1950) and the first Medical School Building (1949-1952 with NBBJ) at the University of Washington; and the Veteran’s Housing Complex in Retsil (1953).

With the firm growing rapidly, Jones took on took on several new partners in 1951: Lloyd Lovegren, Kenneth Helms, and Gayne Jones. Together Jones, Lovegren, Helms & Jones (1951-1969) received many high profile commissions including Neill Hall & Kreugel-McAllister Hall (1957) at Washington State University in Pullman; Overlake Memorial Hospital in Bellevue (1957-1960); Preferred Acceptance Corp. Offices (1959); the Washington State Ferry Terminal on Seattle’s waterfront (1964-1967); the Rainier Branch of the Seattle First National Bank (1959); and Johnson Hall (1960) at Washington State University in Pullman.

Jones was active in the local chapter of the local chapter of the AIA serving as secretary (1938-1942) and then president (1945). He retired in 1959 and passed away in Maui, Hawaii on December 14, 1969.

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