Guide to the Harold Whitehouse Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Whitehouse, Harold Clarence, 1884-1974
Title: Harold Whitehouse Papers
Dates: 1908-1936 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5 in.
Collection Number: MsSC 189
Summary: Architect, of Spokane, Wash. Notes for lectures relating to ecclesiastical architecture and ornament; clippings and essays, concerning Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Spokane, Wash., its design, evolution, and interior appointments; two scrapbooks containing clippings pertaining to the work of Keith and Whitehouse (1907-1914), Whitehouse's early partnership with George Keith, and Whitehouse & Price (1900-1925), his well-known architectural firm co-owned by Ernest V. Price; and miscellaneous papers relating to the estate of Arthur T. Whitehouse. Includes information relating to designs for the cathedral, the Hutton Settlement (Spokane, Wash., orphanage), early buildings for Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash., and various buildings at several Northwest Pacific universities and colleges.
Repository: Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives

2316 W. First Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 363-5313
Fax: (509) 363-5303

Languages: English  

Biographical Note

Harold Whitehouse came to Spokane and practiced architecture in partnership with George Keith until 1914. The young firm produced many residences and business buildings, particularly in Spokane. In 1914, Whitehouse joined with Ernest V. Price (1881-1975) in a partnership that designed some of Spokane’s most notable structures, including the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, the Hutton Settlement, and early buildings for Whitworth College. Elsewhere in the Northwest, projects included buildings for the University of Washington, University of Idaho, and Washington State College, and more than 200 churches. Whitehouse’s expertise on architectural ornament and the integration of art and architecture made him unequally qualified and sensitive for the thoughtful and consistent design of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Content Description

The collection contains notes for lectures on ecclesiastical architecture and ornament, undated; clippings and essays relating to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, its design, evolution, and interior appointments; two scrapbooks containing clippings on the work of Keith and Whitehouse, and Whitehouse and Price, 1900-1925; and miscellaneous papers relating to the estate of Arthur T. Whitehouse (1857-1936).

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is not restricted.

Restrictions on Use :  

Collection is open for use.

Preferred Citation :  

Harold Whitehouse Papers (MsSC 189), Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Donated by Helen Whitehouse Hamblen and Bruce Whitehouse.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Nolan, Edward W. A Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Eastern Washington State Historical Society (Spokane, WA: Eastern Washington State Historical Society, 1987).


This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat database. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search WorldCat using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Keith, George H.
  • Price, Ernest V., 1881-1975
  • Whitehouse, Arthur T., 1857-1936--Estate
  • Whitehouse, Harold Clarence, 1884-1974--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Spokane, Wash.)
  • Episcopal Church--Washington (State)
  • Hutton Settlement (Spokane, Wash.)
  • Whitworth College
  • Subject Terms :
  • Anglican church buildings--Washington (State)
  • Architectural design
  • Architectural firms--Washington (State)
  • Architecture--Washington (State)
  • Cathedrals--Designs and plans
  • Cathedrals--Washington (State)
  • Church architecture--Washington (State)
  • Church decoration and ornament--Washington (State)
  • College buildings
  • Decedents' estates--Washington (State)
  • Orphanages--Designs and plans
  • Orphanages--Washington (State)
  • Universities and colleges--Northwest, Pacific
  • Universities and colleges--Washington (State)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Northwest, Pacific--Architecture
  • Northwest, Pacific--Education--Universities and colleges
  • Spokane (Wash.)--Architecture
  • Spokane (Wash.)--Business, industries, and trades--Architects
  • Spokane (Wash.)--Charitable and social work--Orphanages
  • Spokane (Wash.)--Churches and religious affairs--Episcopal
  • Spokane (Wash.)--Education--Universities and colleges
  • Washington (State)--Architecture
  • Washington (State)--Business, industries, and trades--Architects
  • Washington (State)--Charitable and social work--Orphanages
  • Washington (State)--Churches and religious affairs--Episcopal
  • Washington (State)--Education--Universities and colleges
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Essays
  • Scrapbooks
  • Occupations :
  • Architects--Washington (State)
    • Other Creators :
    • Keith and Whitehouse (Spokane, Wash.)
    • Whitehouse & Price

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