La Mirada Apartments, Seattle, WA


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.


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.


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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