Born and raised in Bird Island, Minnesota, Carver Lowell Baker, came to the Pacific Northwest for his formal architectural training. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Washington in 1947, having transferred from the University of Minnesota.
Baker’s design talents were quickly recognized and upon graduation he was hired by the University of Washington as a temporary instructor. During school and upon graduation, he worked intermittently for architect John Mattson (1946-50), and for the firm of Young, Richardson, Carleton & Detlie (1947-50).
In 1950, Baker began a three year stint with the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission. While there he designed a variety of parks-related buildings including the ranger residence at Peace Arch State Park (1951), Moran State Park Boat Float (1952), and a caretaker residence in Yakima (1950). In 1953, Baker moved to Redondo Beach, California where he worked for the Palos Verdes Water Company and the Great Lakes Carbon Corporation, designing and implementing a master plan development.
Before leaving for California, Baker was employed by the Seattle Parks Department as Supervising Engineer/Architect from February to July 1953. While there he designed the Isolation and Hospital Building at the Woodland Park Zoo, a comfort station at Lower Woodland Picnic Area, and one at Carkeek Park.
Baker passed away in Amarillo, Texas on May 30, 1985.
By Michael Houser, State Architectural Historian - June 2010