Category Archives: Washington

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Washington | Leave a comment

The City Church, Seattle, WA

The City Church is next door to Seattle Labor Temple, featured in our last post. It is fitting because this building was originally the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 46 Union Hall. It was renovated in 2005 for City … Continue reading

Posted in Washington | Leave a comment

Seattle Labor Temple, Seattle, WA

The Seattle Labor Temple in the Belltown neighborhood is an early modern structure, accommodating numerous functions for union organizing including office space, an auditorium, and meeting rooms. This area of Belltown has several union-affiliated structures including some that will be … Continue reading

Posted in Washington | 2 Comments

Seattle First National Bank, Olympia, WA

Today’s entry is the Olympia Branch of the Seattle First National Bank from 1959 and located at 210 5th Street W; earlier this week we covered a similar branch in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The architects were McClelland & Osterman, a Seattle-based … Continue reading

Posted in Washington | Leave a comment

Seattle First National Bank, Seattle, WA

This bank at 2010 Market Street NW in Ballard dates from 1951. The bank represents a typology from the late 1940s and early 1950s when classical design was morphing into a more modern appearance. Banks, especially in urban areas, sometimes exhibit … Continue reading

Posted in Washington | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Washington | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Washington | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Washington | 1 Comment

Ballard Post Office, Seattle, WA

The Ballard Post Office was built in 1961 and sits within a residential neighborhood on 17th Avenue. As can be seen in the background, new housing is coming to Ballard at a rapid pace, especially larger new condo buildings on … Continue reading

Posted in Washington | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Washington | Leave a comment