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Summary for 1310 Harrison ST / Parcel ID 6847700030 / Inv #

Historic Name: Rectory- St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral Common Name: Sts. Cyril and Methodius Education Building
Style: Modern Neighborhood: Cascade
Built By: Year Built: 1948
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This house was built in 1947 and completed in 1948 as the Rectory for St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral, which itself was built for the Russian Orthodox community in 1938 and is a Seattle landmark. It is located on the same parcel as the landmarked Cathedral. It is also, in fact, the most recent extant single family house type in the Cascade neighborhood. Historically, the windows were multi-pane and set in thick window frames. The former rectory now serves as a Sunday school and church administration building. Its official name is the “Sts. Cyril and Methodius Education Building.” Both the Cathedral and this building are associated with the large number of Russians who once lived in and around Cascade. An older St. Spiridon Church, built in 1896 and not too far from the present Cathedral, once served Russian, Greek, Serb, Croat, Bulgarian populations and others. The congregations eventually split up, mostly amicably, along various lines, ethnic as well as political, and in the case of the Russians and Greeks, at least, established their own individual churches and congregations.
This brick clad building resembles a single family residence of the late 1940s and is located next to St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral. It is simple and modern, without showing any strong Modernist or International Style tendencies. Stylistically, its brick cladding reflects that of St. Spiridon, but it does not strongly reflect any other strong stylistic ties with that building. Its main entrance faces east, toward the alley behind the nearby Grandview Apartments, located on Eastlake. It has a low hipped roof with a smaller cross gable hip roof entrance bay, which juts out of the main rectangle of the plan. The walls of this bay are cut away to the east and partially to the north and a low set of steps lead under the covered entry. This is a one story building with a basement. Other elements reinforce the horizontality of the design: the deep wooden band that runs under the roof and the window that turns the southwest corner of the building, a not uncommon feature in houses of the 1940s/ 1950s.

Detail for 1310 Harrison ST / Parcel ID 6847700030 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Religion - Residence Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Education, Ethnic Heritage, Religion, Social Movements & Organizations
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Wilma, David, "St. Spiridon Orthodox Church hold first service on September 18, 1895, " October 12, 2002,

Photo collection for 1310 Harrison ST / Parcel ID 6847700030 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 30, 2003
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