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 alterations and additions so that it continues to be viable for the future. A renovation, restoration and addition to the church was completed in 2011 and subsequently won an award from the local AIA. Many pictures of the completed project are available here.


The church was designed by the firm of Steinhart and Thierault, who also did the Swedish Cultural Center two years earlier. St. Paul’s was contemporaneous with the Seattle World’s Fair and located just a block from Seattle Center, where the fair took place. The swooping roof presents a dramatic profile and the steep front facade is clad in copper, diamond-shaped shingles.


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