Pacific Savings and Loan

Pacific Savings and Loan, Sheet 3 of Set 11 Pacific Savings and Loan, Sheet 7 of Set 11 Pacific Savings and Loan, Sheet 10 of Set 11 Pacific Savings and Loan, Sheet 5A

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Pacific Savings and Loan


  • 7/23/1930 (Creation)
  • 6/15/1908 (Creation)


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Four of 33 technical drawings for the Pacific Savings and Loan Building. Four of the drawings in this collection were created by Russell and Babcock on June 15, 1908, fourteen years before the building would be constructed. Nineteen of the drawings in this collection were created by R.C. Reamer in July 23, 1930 for a renovation. The structure was demolished in 1963.

Ambrose James (sometimes Janvier) Russell was born in Trivandrum, India to a Scottish missionary. Russell studied at the University of Glasgow and the Ecole des Beaux Arts before coming to America in 1884. In 1895, Russell was the Director of the Watercolor Sketch Club, which displayed work at the Ferry Museum (now the Washington State Historical Society) and curated work from future partner Everett Phipps Babcock. In 1896, Russell was appointed a Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Russell formed partnerships with Albert Walter Spaulding and Frederick Henry Heath in 1901, Everett Phipps Babcock in 1905, H.G. Ripley in 1908, Walter E. Rice and Irving Harlan Thomas in 1908 and finally Gaston Lance, A. Gordon Lumm and Irwin Muri in 1930. Russell was a member of the American Institute of Architects, Secretary of the Tacoma Society of Architects and a Mason. When Russell passed, three of his Pallbearers were architects featured in this collection: Gaston Lance, Ernest Mock and Earl N. Dugan.

Everett Phipps Babcock was born in Tacoma and worked primarily with Ambrose James Russell as Russell & Babcock. In addition to the residences listed below, Babcock also built his own residence for his wife Clara on American Lake named "The Totem Pole." Babcock died suddenly after a routine tonsil removal operation in Pasadena, California.

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"Tacoma Daily Ledger - 3/19/1922", "Tacoma Daily Ledger - 2/22/1931, "Tacoma News Tribune - 10/17/1963, “PCAD - Russell and Babcock, Architects.”, “PCAD - Ambrose James Russell.” “Tribune (Published as THE TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE) - March 19, 1938 - Page 1,” “Tribune (Published as THE TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE) - November 11, 1936 - Page 2,” “Tribune (Published as The Tacoma Sunday Ledger AND THE TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE) - March 20, 1938 - Page 15,” “Tribune (Published as The Tacoma Sunday Ledger AND THE TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE) - October 17, 1937 - Page 28,” “Tacoma Daily News (Published as THE TACOMA DAILY NEWS) - May 30, 1908”“Tacoma Daily News (Published as THE TACOMA DAILY NEWS) - July 4, 1908” “Tacoma Daily News (Published as THE TACOMA DAILY NEWS) - July 24, 1909” “Los Angeles Times - May 17, 1928 - Page A10,” Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP). “Ambrose J. Russell.” “Our Tacoma Artists. Reception at the Ferry Museum - Tacoma Daily News - July 5, 1895 - Page [3],”

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Andrew Weymouth, 6/12/2022

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