Monthly Archives: February 2014

5300 17th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA

On a side street across from the Swedish Medical Center is this wonderfully intact Wrightian building medical office from 1955. Its flat roof planes, strong horizontality, recessed entrance and materials of brick and stone all speak in a Frank Lloyd … Continue reading

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Carter Volkswagon, Seattle, WA

Carter Volkswagon has been owned by the same family since its founding in 1960 and I assume that this building dates from approximately that time. It’s an intact auto showroom and dealership clad in buff brick with original show windows … Continue reading

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Frances Perkins Department of Labor Building, Washington, DC

On Constitution Avenue, the Frances Perkins Department of Labor Building rises up, built over Interstate 395. It was started in the mid-60s under John F. Kennedy to consolidate labor department staff into one building, but it was not completed until … Continue reading

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Stryker Building, Williamsburg, VA

This building from 1967 serves as  part of Williamsburg, VA’s civic center. It currently houses the city council offices. The style of a brick box with classical limestone trim and a central columned entrance is more akin to a 1950s … Continue reading

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US Court House of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC

This court building on Constitution Avenue is now known as the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse. It is formal and stripped down modernism, closer in style to the nearby National Archives than something like Victor Lundy’s abstract 1974 US Tax Court … Continue reading

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National Association of Letter Carriers, Washington, DC

At 100 Indiana Avenue, NW is the headquarters of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the union for urban mail carriers. The facade consists of white granite or marble blocks in a uniform pattern. There is simple but elegant gilded … Continue reading

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Church of St. Alphonsus, Seattle, WA

St. Alphonsus is located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood at the corner of 15th Avenue and 58th Street. Built in 1962, it replaced the previous church, rectory and convent. Among its mid-century features are the well-proportioned entrance canopy on tapered legs, … Continue reading

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