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Day Walter Hilborn Collection

 Collection
Identifier: WSUV-SpeColl-005

Scope and Contents

The collection includes architectural drawings, plans, specifications and an index of Day Walter Hilborn's designs. Many of the drawings were created for buildings and houses in the Vancouver, Washington area. Approximately 5,000 plans (items) exist in this collection with hundreds of projects. The date range for the contents is between the 1920s and 1960s. [Accessioned as wsuv.2013.002]

Dates

  • ca. 1920-1966

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Biographical / Historical

Renowned architect, Day Walter Hilborn, was born on a Michigan farm on February 1, 1897. Moving to Ford's Prarie, Washington, Hilborn attended high school in Centralia where he graduated in 1916. He enlisted in the army during World War I and was sent to France in 1917. At the conclusion of the war, Hilborn returned home and enrolled in classes at Washington State University (WSU), known then as Washington State College (WSC), where he majored in Art. At the encouragement of his future brother-in-law, Hubert Miller, he changed his major to architecture and engineering. He studied under Rudolph Weaver. After graduating from WSC, Hilborn returned to Centralia where he entered into the real estate business with Arthur Kresky and formed the Kresky-Hilborn Company. Hilborn soon moved to Vancouver where he worked as a construction superintendent for the architect Richard V. Gough. The two established offices in downtown Vancouver and following Gough's retirement around 1930 Hilborn took over the business as the primary architect. In the 1930s, Hilborn designed many buildings in downtown Vancouver in the Art Deco style. Such works include Vancouver City Hall (1930), the Kiggins Theater Building (1936) and the Vancouver Court House (1940-1941). During World War II the establishment of the Kaiser Shipyards on the Columbia River brought a population expansion to the Vancouver area. Hilborn worked on many Vancouver Housing Authority projects in the 1940s to satisfy post-war housing and schools. Hilborn died on November 8, 1971 at the age of 74 in Vancouver, Washington.

Extent

54 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection includes architectural drawings, plans, specifications and an index of projects associated with Day Walter Hilborn. Much of Hilborn's designs are for buildings and houses in the Vancouver, Washington area. Highlights include the J.P. Kiggins Building, the First United Methodist Church and the Vancouver First Federal Savings Loan in downtown Vancouver. Over 5,000 individual drawings and hundreds of projects are contained in this collection. The date range for the contents is between the 1920s and 1960s. The collection is contained in 16 large extendable document containers and 9 flat newspaper boxes. The measurements vary widely.

Arrangement

The arrangement of this collection is temporary. The organization is determined by size and is separated into two sections with one noted as Oversize.
Title
Day Walter Hilborn Collection
Author
Prepared by Robert J. Schimelpfenig
Date
Original finding aid date July 2015.
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Washington State University Vancouver, Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver WA 98686 United States
360-546-9249