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Tour a Selection of Modern Homes in Queen Anne on August 13th


Join the Queen Anne Historical Society on August 13th for their third annual Modern Queen Anne Tour.

While the houses perched on the steeply inclined streets of Queen Anne are largely American Foursquares, Colonial Revivals, bungalows, and Tudor Revivals, the neighborhood does have a small, but growing, inventory of modern homes, many of which are designed by notable Seattle Architects. This year’s tour will showcase three of the best examples of modern domestic architecture in Queen Anne, along with KEXP’s new headquarters at the Seattle Center. Representatives from Jeff Murdock Marvin Anderson Architects, Olson Kundig, and SkB Architects, will be present at their respective commissions to provide insight on each of the projects and to field questions.

There is a Queen Anne Historical Society members-only reception after the tour. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time due to limited availability. This is a driving tour, please be prepared to drive to 3 locations on Queen Anne during the tour. Tour starts at 2500 3rd Ave W, 98119.

For more information, please use the link provided below.


Seattle Light Power Control Center Nominated to Become a Seattle City Landmark

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Looking southwest from Roy Street.

The Landmarks Preservation Board in Seattle voted unanimously to nominate both the exterior and interior of the former Seattle Light Power Control Center, located at 157 Roy Street, to become a city landmark. If the Seattle Light Power Control Center, which is now functions as a homeless shelter, becomes an official Seattle city landmark, the building will be provided with a level of protection against out-of-character alterations. A Certificate of Approval, granted by the Landmarks Preservation Board, would be required to make any exterior and interior changes.

Designed by Harmon, Pray & Detrich, the Seattle Light Power Control Center was completed in 1963. Stepped in the vocabulary of post-war modernism, the futuristic form of the Seattle Light Power Control Center echoes the optimistic sentiment of American scientific progress promulgated by Seattle’s Century 21 Exposition, which was held just a few blocks south of the building. The octagonal western half of the building was designed to house a large semicircular “pin board” diagram of the city’s entire electric system, which kept operating personnel informed of the distribution of electricity in Seattle at all times. Attached to this via a small hyphen, the eastern half of the building was devoted to offices and is a hexagonal pavilion cantilevered over eight concrete pilotis.

Interior view in 1968.

Interior view in 1968.


Dine Out For Life, Tonight!

Dine out for life

Tonight over 100 Seattle restaurants are participating in the Lifelong’s annual Dine out for Life fundraiser benefiting its Chicken Soup Brigade. These restaurants will donate 30-50% of their proceeds to Lifelong, a food program that feeds people fighting hunger and illness in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Last year, the proceeds from Dine out for Life purchased 27,047 bags of groceries and 161,401 nutritious meals for 1,600 individuals in need. Due to this support the Chicken Soup Brigade is able to continue to provide their clients with healthy food catered to their specific medical conditions.

This year, three of the 100 restaurants participating in Dine Out for Life are located in Queen Anne: McMenamins Queen AnneThe Other Coast Café, and Lloyd Martin. McMenamins is repeating its 2015 performance as a Golden Fork restaurant, which means that it’s donating 50% of the day’s proceeds to Lifelong. Dining Out for Life runs all day Thursday, so plan on eating lunch and/or dinner out to help Lifelong.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Tour and Talk


St. Pauls

Docomomo WEWA is kicking off its Modern Sacred Spaces event series with a tour of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on April 23rd.  The tour series, which showcases religious structures built by different faith communities in the mid-20th century, continues on Wednesday, May 11th at Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown.

Designed by Steinhart, Theriault and Anderson, a Seattle-based frim perhaps best known for the Swedish Club, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was completed in 1962.  The Church’s angular and folded appearance is evocative of the fascination architects of the 1950s and 60s had with planes and complex geometries.  The interior is dominated by the glulam A-frames which provide the structure for the expressive form of the building.  The heavy use of wood at St Paul’s is typical for the Northwest regional version of modernism that began evolving in the late 1940s.

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Particularly renowned for its acoustics, Steinhart, Theriault and Anderson designed St Paul’s with music in mind, coordinating closely with sound engineer and organ designer Glenn White. The organ and the balcony that serves as the choir loft both hang by steel rods from the primary structural frame giving the entire composition a sense of weightlessness.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be open to view from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, April 23. At 1:30 pm, architect Susan Jones, of atelierjones, will speak about the recent renovation project’s design and challenges. The address is 15 Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98109. Enter through the main Roy Street entrance. On-street parking only.

Members of the congregation will be present to speak about the experience of celebrating inside these spaces.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets (click on the “Sign Up For This Event” button above near the event title). The event is $10 (if purchased online) or $15 at the door. Students may register for a tour fee of only $5 (online or at the door). All tour fees go toward future programs. Tickets for the May 11th Plymouth Congregational Church Tour will be available for purchase online soon.