La Mirada Apartments, Seattle, WA

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On Mid-Century Mundane we tend to focus on small-scale commercial architecture, one of the most overlooked typologies. But sometimes there are residential buildings that we are drawn to and La Mirada is one of them.

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La Mirada is an apartment building, built in 1956, at 1120 NE 43rd Street that now serves as off-campus housing, adjacent to the University of Washington. Its exterior corridors and bright color scheme seem more suitable to a Southern California motel, but its a welcome exception here.

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The varying shades and textures of stone blocks on the corners and the stairwell with original metal-framed windows also add to the character. Very little on the exterior seems to have been updated, although older photos show a dark brown color in place of the 1970s orange that now gives this building a little pop.

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