|Building Notes||Part of a collection containing approximately 1100 student drawings from the University of Washington Department of Architecture from its inception in 1914 until 1961 when the Department of Architecture had completely phased out all elements of the Beaux Arts system and became the College of Architecture and Urban Planning. |
Second junior project. Watercolor rendering and elevation of a studio residence with terracotta roof and perimeter wall. Plan shows layout of the building with living areas and work areas; plot plan shows exterior grounds. Section drawing through the building shows the ornately decorated living room, entrance hall, library, and upper story.
Victor Steinbrueck received his B.Arch from the University of Washington in 1940. He worked as an artist in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), c.1933, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA), c.1935.
Following graduation, he worked as a Draftsman for William J. Bain, Sr., 1935; Draftsman, J. Gordon Kaufmann, 1936; Designer, Bjarne Moe, 1937-1938. Steinbrueck opened his own independent architectural practice in 1938 as Victor Steinbrueck, Architect, 1938-1942. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division, 1942-1946.
After the war had ended, Steinbrueck began teaching as Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington, 1946-1976. He briefly served as the Acting Chairman of the Department of Architecture, 1962-1964. During this time, he briefly worked as an architect with fellow alumni Minoru Yamasaki, Detroit, 1957; and spent two years on sabbatical in London, 1967-1968.
After a heart attack in 1953 that forced Steinbrueck to reduce strenuous activity, he produced a number of sketches of Seattle street scenes and the Pike Place Market which were published in the weekly Argus newspaper beginning in 1959. Steinbrueck is recognized for his pioneering efforts in historic preservation and increasing public spaces in Seattle. His book, A Guide to Seattle Architecture, 1850-1953, was the first publication on Seattle architecture. Seattle's Victor Steinbrueck Park was named after his death in 1985 in honor of his efforts to save Pike Place Market from demolition.
Notable works as an architect include the Alden Mason House, 1951, which received an AIA Seattle Honor Award in 1952; his own residence, Steinbrueck House, 1951; the Stellwagen House, 1955; Barrett House, 1956; and, with Paul Hayden Kirk, the University of Washington Faculty Club, 1960, which received an AIA Seattle Honor Award in 1960. Steinbrueck is also credited for the original concept of the Seattle Space Needle and the Exhibition House at Seattle Center for the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle.
Steinbrueck received the Architect of the Year Award in 1960 from the Washington State Chapter of the AIA. His sketchbook of Pike Place Market received the Governor's Book Award in 1969. For his efforts in historic preservation, he was named First Citizen of Seattle in 1977; later, November 2, 1982 was named Victor Steinbrueck Day.