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Kirtland Cutter : biography

August 20, 1860 - September 26, 1939

Kirtland Kelsey Cutter (August 20, 1860–September 26, 1939) was a 20th-century architect in the Pacific Northwest and California. He was born in East Rockport, Ohio, as the great-grandson of Jared Potter Kirtland. He studied painting and illustration at the Art Students League of New York. At the age of 26 he moved to Spokane, Washington and began working as a banker for his uncle. By the 1920s Cutter had designed several hundred buildings that established Spokane as a place rivaling Seattle and Portland, Oregon in its architectural quality. Most of Cutter's work is listed in State and National Registers of Historic Places.

His design for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair Idaho Building was a rustic design log construction. It was a popular favorite, visited by an estimated 18 million people. The building's design and interior furnishings were a major precursor of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Cutter also worked in partnership with Karl G. Malmgren as Cutter & Malmgren and variations.

Notable designs

Buildings in Spokane, Washington

[[Patsy Clark Mansion]]

  • 1888: 321 W Eighth Avenue - Now a conference and events center.
  • 1897: Finch House 2340 W First Avenue - Designed with Karl Malmgren.
  • 1898: Amasa B. Campbell House 2316 W First Avenue - Now part of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.
  • 1898: Patsy Clark Mansion 2208 West Second Avenue - Contains the largest stained glass window ever made by Tiffany Studios.
  • 1898: Wakefield House, 2328 W First Avenue - First example of Mission Revival Style architecture in Washington State.
  • c. 1900: Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S Grand Blvd
  • c. 1910: The Hall of Doges, above Davenport's Restaurant - see The Davenport Hotel
  • 1910: Spokane Club, 1002 W Riverside Avenue
  • 1911: Monroe Street Bridge - Designed aesthetic elements.
  • 1912: - Now Gonzaga University's Bozarth Center.
  • 1914: The Davenport Hotel

Other Washington State sites

  • 1892: 1103 15th Street, Bellingham, Washington - Now a bed and breakfast known as Hilltop House.
  • 1893: 802 North Yakima Avenue, Tacoma, Washington
  • 1904: Rainier Club, Seattle, Washington
  • 1905: Remodeling of the Tacoma Hotel, Tacoma, Washington, - Designed by McKim, Mead, and White in 1883.
  • c. 1909 Yale Hotel in Chewelah - Designed with Karl Malmgren.
  • 1909: Thornewood Castle, Lakewood, Washington - Set of Rose Red TV movie by Stephen King )
  • 1912: , Metaline Falls, Washington - Formerly the Metaline Falls High School Building
  • 1912: Rock House, 102 5th Ave Metaline Falls, Washington - Private residence on the Pend Oreille River.

Out of state locations

[[Idaho Building]]

  • 1893: Idaho Building, Chicago, Illinois for World Columbian Exposition in partnership with John C. Poetz
  • 1895: |C. E. Conrad Mansion], Kalispell, Montana
  • 1902: Kirtland Hall, New Haven, Connecticut - Sheffield Scientific School
  • 1903: Carnegie Camp North Point, Raquette Lake, New York- Summer Home of Lucy Carnegie
  • 1904: Idaho State Building, St. Louis, Missouri for Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
  • 1906: , Lewiston, Idaho - Formerly the Children’s Home Finding and Aid Society of North Idaho
  • 1913: Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park
  • 1917: Wilcox Manor, Portland, Oregon
  • 1926: Autzen Mansion, Portland, Oregon
  • 1929: Los Cerritos, Long Beach, California - 3 homes in subdivision
  • 1937: Fleming House, Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California - Built for Victor Fleming, director of The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind
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