Category Archives: Washington

Queen Anne Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA

This week, we will look at two well-preserved church complexes, one Lutheran and one Catholic, in Seattle. Both were done by locally prominent architects. The first is the Queen Anne Lutheran Church from 1959. It was designed by Robert Durham … Continue reading

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Capital Savings & Loan, Olympia, WA

The former Capital Savings & Loan Building at 222 5th Ave E is the pinnacle of mid-century Olympia. Unfortunately, while the building has been repurposed, its current iteration slightly obscures the uniqueness and daring of the original design. The building’s parabolic … Continue reading

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Sears Department Store, Olympia, WA

Continuing our look at the mid-century buildings of Olympia. According to the Olympia walking tour guide, this Sears branch was designed by George Ekvall, who was a former employee of the firm who designed the department store in our last entry. … Continue reading

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Goldberg’s Furniture Store, Olympia, WA

              Continuing our look at the Mid-Century Mundane of the Pacific Northwest and specifically the buildings featured in the Olympia Modernism self-guided walking tour brochure. While we don’t have much to add beyond what the … Continue reading

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Suzzallo Library Addition, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Unlike the design of our last entry, which lacked a relationship to existing neighboring buildings, the Suzzallo Library addition is a strong response to its historic parent. While unmistakably modern, this addition from 1961-63 uses Gothic elements to harmonize with the grand … Continue reading

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Mackenzie Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Of all the buildings on the University of Washington campus this is probably the most Miesian. That honor may have gone to the neighboring Balmer Hall, but it was demolished in 2010. Both buildings were designed by Decker & Christenson and Paul Hayden … Continue reading

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La Mirada Apartments, Seattle, WA

On Mid-Century Mundane we tend to focus on small-scale commercial architecture, one of the most overlooked typologies. But sometimes there are residential buildings that we are drawn to and La Mirada is one of them. La Mirada is an apartment … Continue reading

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The City Church, Seattle, WA

The City Church is next door to Seattle Labor Temple, featured in our last post. It is fitting because this building was originally the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 46 Union Hall. It was renovated in 2005 for City … Continue reading

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Seattle Labor Temple, Seattle, WA

The Seattle Labor Temple in the Belltown neighborhood is an early modern structure, accommodating numerous functions for union organizing including office space, an auditorium, and meeting rooms. This area of Belltown has several union-affiliated structures including some that will be … Continue reading

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Seattle First National Bank, Olympia, WA

Today’s entry is the Olympia Branch of the Seattle First National Bank from 1959 and located at 210 5th Street W; earlier this week we covered a similar branch in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The architects were McClelland & Osterman, a Seattle-based … Continue reading

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