Category Archives: Washington

St. Anne Church, Seattle, WA

St. Anne Church in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood is an intact mid-century complex, of which we’ve covered several others previously. It replaced an older, Victorian-era church that the congregation had outgrown. It was built in 1962 to the designs of John W. … Continue reading

Posted in Washington | Leave a comment

Ramada Inn, Olympia, WA

According to the Olympia Walking Tour Guide, this was built as a Ramada Inn in 1971. This was the first major hotel in downtown Olympia. The architects were Camp, Dresser & McKee, who had regional offices but were based on the … Continue reading

Posted in Washington | Leave a comment

Olympia Federal Savings & Loan, Olympia, WA

Back to the West Coast to continue our look at downtown Olympia architecture. According to the Olympia walking tour guide, this bank branch was designed by the architectural firm of Bennett & Johnson, who also designed another bank, a credit union … Continue reading

Posted in Washington | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Washington | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Washington | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Washington | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Washington | 3 Comments