Swedish Cultural Center, Seattle, WA

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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 currently raising funds to replace the roof.

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The building seems largely unaltered and retains many of its original finishes on both the interior and exterior. Outside we see the fantastic metal screen that surrounds the building, the entrance canopy, and small details such as the entrance door handles. The club’s photo gallery features some interior shots.

IMG_2038IMG_2044The architects of the building were Steinhart, Theriault and Anderson, who designed many notable buildings across the region. Their office building is extant at 1264 Eastlake Avenue E and still an arresting presence with its dramatic cantilever. The Swedish Cultural Center, while not as dramatic, does sit on a steeply sloping hillside along Dexter Avenue to take advantage of the surrounding views.

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