Monthly Archives: January 2014

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA

Near Seattle Center is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which seems in little danger of demolition, compared with some of our previous entries. The church is well maintained and the active congregation seem to embrace its mid-century structure, while making necessary … Continue reading


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113 and 117 1st Avenue N, Seattle, WA

Here are two modern buildings in Seattle with very different facade treatments. They are located on 1st Avenue N, just off Denny Way, in an area seeing some new larger development. 117 is now a CPA office and dates from … Continue reading

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330 Fairview Avenue N, Seattle, WA

Close by our previous entries from South Lake Union is this building at the corner of Fairview Avenue and Harrison Street. The building was built in 1959 but it is unclear who the architect. While it may seem like a … Continue reading

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Swedish Cultural Center, Seattle, WA

Although not immediately threatened, the Swedish Cultural Center is in the Queen Anne neighborhood, an area that is also seeing new growth including many new apartment buildings. Still the organization has been wonderful stewards to their 1960-61 building and is … Continue reading

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221 Minor Avenue N, Seattle, WA

This diminutive commercial office building, at 221 Minor Avenue, is surrounded by parking lots and shares a rear alley with the Cascade Natural Gas Corporation. It dates from 1959 and may be part of original Cascade property but has a … Continue reading

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State Game Department Building, Seattle, WA

The former State Game Department Building is another building located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, which is rapidly being redeveloped with older buildings being demolished for more dense, mixed-use projects. At this time the State Game Department Building is … Continue reading

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157 Roy Street, Seattle, WA

157 Roy Street is a former Power Control Center for Seattle City Light. This bunker-like building was built in 1963 and designed by Harmon, Pray and Detrich. Again, we greatly recommend the Docomomo WEWA site for their in-depth research on … Continue reading

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Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, Seattle, WA

The low-rise Cascade Natural Gas Corporation Building complex sits at the intersection Fairview Avenue and John Street N in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Built 1956-57, with 1962 and 1975 additions, the complex is in intact example of a corporate … Continue reading

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Featuring the Pacific Northwest

After a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, we have quite a large inventory of buildings to feature on the site. Seattle, and to a lesser extent Portland, are going through a boom time now which means that their vernacular … Continue reading

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