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Keith T. Boyington

1922 - 1998

Spokane architect Keith Thomas Boyington was born on November 8, 1922 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  His dad was the local doctor in small community of St. Maries, Idaho where Keith graduated from high school. Upon graduation, he enrolled at the University of Idaho (1940-43), however his studies were interrupted after being drafted during WWII. As a partially educated college student, Boyington was transferred to Washington State College in 1943 where he attended the Army Specialized Training Program, for about a year before being sent overseas. Rising to the rank of Corporal by the end of the war, Boyington returned home and reenrolled at the University Idaho (1946-50) where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering in 1950.

During the summer months, Boyington gained valuable-on-the-job experience by working as a draftsman for architect G.A. Pehrson (1947-48), and George M. Rasque (1948-52). Further knowledge was gained after graduation by working for the firm of Culler, Gale, Martell & Norrie (1952-59).

After working for various firms, Boyington decided to start his own independent practice in 1959.  His initial office was located in his house on Sunset Hill, just west of downtown Spokane (905 Buena Vista Dr).  Early projects (some while still practicing with the firm) included a home for Ralph Huges (1954, St Maries, ID); the Jack Krehbiel House (1955, 13303 E Wick Ave, Spokane Valley); an addition to the Dr. Roy Stewart House (1956, 14512 E Valley Way, Spokane Valley); a remodel of St. Maries City Hall (1958); a storefront remodel for the J.A. Hogle & Co. firm (1959, 525 w Sprague Ave); a comfort station for the Whittier playground (1960); and the Sigma Chi Fraternity House (1960, 735 Nez Perce Dr.) in Moscow, Idaho. His design entry for the 1961 National Concrete Association Horizon Home Program (8510 N Stevens Dr, Spokane) with builder Bob Wideman, brought him valuable local and regional press.

Keith Boyington LetterheadShortly thereafter in the fall of 1961 Boyington formed a partnership with Douglas C. Durkoop. A University of Oregon graduate, Durkoop was a job captain at Culler, Gale, Martell & Norrie, Boyington former employer. Known as Durkoop & Boyington, the new firm set up an office in the Empire State Building in downtown Spokane. Their first big project was to expand the seating capacity of Joe Albi Stadium (1962).  Other important projects followed such as an addition to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority  House in Pullman (1961) and a library in Grangeville, ID (1963).

For reasons unknown, the partnership was short-lived and by 1964 Boyington had formed a new partnership with Donald L. Read, also a former employee at Culler, Gale, Martell & Norrie.  The two practiced together as Boyington & Read for 10+ years (c1975).

Projects during this period included the Lewiston Manor (1964, 8th & Linden, Lewiston); the Sandpoint Manor Nursing Home (1965, Sandpoint, ID); an addition to the local swimming pool facilities in Grangeville, ID (1965); an addition to Rogers High School (1966, Spokane); serving as supervising architects for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (1966, 3307 w Rowan Ave., by Milton Stricker); the drive-in branch of First National Bank in downtown Spokane (1968); the KWSU Transmitter Building at WSU (1969); several alterations to buildings on the EWU campus (1969); and the WSU Horticulture Materials Storage Building (1970, Prosser).

Boyington and Read had a bitter parting around 1975 with Read eventually suing Boyington in 1978.  Boyington carried on an independent firm and designed the Cox Cable TV Building (1976, 1717 E Buckeye Ave), and the Washington Water Power Metro Wall (1976, Post St.) in Spokane, both of which received architectural allocated from the local AIA chapter.

Boyington and his wife were heavily involved in a variety of actives in the local community and were often mentioned in the local newspaper’s society section.  He served as President of the University of Idaho Alumni Association (1956), President of local alumni chapter for Sigma Chi Fraternity (1958); served as Spokane AIA chapter secretary (1956-57); was Chairman of the 1959 AIA Regional convention in Spokane, and was very active in the local Kiwanis Club.

He passed away in Spokane at the age of 75 on July 17, 1998.


1962 AIA Historical Directory

WA State Architectural License Application

1977 Spokane AIA Award Brochure

“Benewah County Lists Draftees” Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 30, 1943.

“Engagements Make News” The Spokesman Review, December 23, 1951.

“Becky Barline, Bride-to-Be, Much Feted” The Spokesman Review, April 9, 1952.

“Vows Repeated at Cathedral” The Spokesman Review, April 20, 1952.

“Quintet of Distinguished Brides Makes News” The Spokesman Review, April 27, 1952.

“Architect Licensed” The Spokesman Review, September 25, 1953.

“Backyard View and Privacy Aim of Design” The Spokesman Review, November 28, 1954.

“City Building Permits” Spokane Daily Chronicle, July 1, 1955.

“Modern Valley Home Is Designed for Real Suburban Living” Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 14, 1955.

“Run-off Needed to Pick Top Dog” Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 9, 1956.

“Idaho Alumni Election Ahead” Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 28, 1956.

“Vermont Slate Durable Floor for New Kitchen” Spokesman Review, May 6, 1956.

“Addition is Answer to Space Question” Spokane Daily Chronicle, May 9, 1956.

“Commission Help Urged by Group” Spokane Daily Chronicle, July 24, 1956.

“Additional Help Asked by City Planning Group” Spokesman Review, July 25, 1956.

“Remodeling Old Home is Problem” Spokane Daily Chronicle, April 9, 1957.

“Idaho Alumni Banquet Set” The Spokesman Review, May 10, 1957.

“St. Maries Eyes City Work” Spokane Daily Chronicle, September 11, 1957.

“Architects Pick Partner, Aides” Spokane Daily Chronicle, October 11, 1957.

“Sceva Snares Remodel Pact” Spokane Daily Chronicle, June 11, 1958.

“Barbecue Planned” Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 11, 1958.

“Taking Architects into 1960” The Spokesman Review, June 13, 1959.

“Architect Opens Offices in City” Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 11, 1959.

“Architects’ Best Homes Display Set” The Spokesman Review, October 6, 1959.

“Architects Arrive Here for Meeting” Spokane Daily Chronicle, Oct 8, 1959.

 “New Home for Brokerage House” The Spokesman Review, October 11, 1959.

“New Home for Brokerage House” The Spokesman Review, October 11, 1960.

“Hogle Office Opening Set” The Spokesman Review, January 6, 1960.

“Reporting Progress Towards the Privy” The Spokesman Review, March 23, 1960.

“Addition Set by Sorority” Spokane Chronicle, Sept 1, 1960.

“Kappas Plan Addition at Pullman” The Spokesman Review, Sept 2, 1960.

“Pair Selected for Building” Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 1, 1961.

“Year is Concluded” Spokane Daily Chronicle, May 20, 1961.

“First Pouring Rites Held” Spokane Daily Chronicle, June 28, 1961.

“Model Home Underway” The Spokesman Review, June 29, 1961.

“Project of Concrete Industries” The Spokesman Review, September 10, 1961.

“Names in Business News of Area” The Spokesman Review, October 22, 1961.

“Reception Is Planned” Spokane Daily Chronicle, November 9, 1961.

“Board Considers Field House Site” The Spokesman Review, March 29, 1962.

“Stadium Increase Hoped for Rodeo” Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 6, 1962.

“Stadium Job Being Pushed” Spokane Daily Chronicle, April 3, 1962.

“Spokane Service Industries Supplying Inland Empire” The Spokesman Review, October 3, 1962.

“Library Fund Drive Starts” Lewiston Morning Tribune, November 14, 1962.

New Homes Guide – 1963

“Library Project Awarded” The Spokesman Review, August 30, 1963.

“Construction Plan Due” Spokane Chronicle, February 20, 1964.

“Work Begun on Addition” Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 4, 1964.

“Mallon Park Lot Favored for Health Building Site” The Spokesman Review, June 20, 1964.

“Funds Are Asked for Health Annex” Spokane Daily Chronicle, June 23, 1964.

“Bully for the Kiwanis Boys!” The Spokesman Review, April 14, 1965.

“Swimming Poll Addition Eyed at Grangeville” Lewiston Morning Tribune, May 9, 1965.

“Building Project Is Slated for Gloria Dei Lutheran” The Spokesman Review, August 28, 1965.

“Architects Employed” The Spokesman Review, August 11, 1966.

“First National Bank Expands Service on Site” The Spokesman Review, August 27, 1967.

“Bank Building Branch Office” Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 28, 1967.

“Escape Route” Spokane Daily Chronicle, June 14, 1968.

“WSU Regents Tell Projects” Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 11, 1969.

“Railroad Relocation Given Green Light” The Spokesman Review, September 3, 1970.

“New Suits in Superior Court” Spokane Chronicle, June 16, 1978.

“Veterans Recall Battle of the Bulge” The Spokesman Review, December 23, 1984.

“Resident Captures Burglar in Home” The Spokesman Review, October 1, 1987.

Obituary – Keith Boyington Spokesman Review, July 18, 1998.