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Summary for 3515 S Alaska ST S / Parcel ID 1703400145 / Inv #

Historic Name: Fifth Church of Christ Scientist Common Name: Rainier Valley Cultural Center
Style: Greek Revival Neighborhood: Columbia City
Built By: Year Built: 1921
This church building was built in 1921. Architect Earl A. Roberts designed the building. The Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist originally occupied the building. Prior to the construction of the subject building, the congregation of the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, met on the second floor of the Weed Building, located at 4906-4908 Rainier Avenue South. The building is significant as an intact example of the Greek revival style. The building was purchased by Southeast Effective Development in 1997 and is now a non-profit community center and is the location of the Rainier Valley Historical Society.
This intact one story church building is of frame construction and is supported by a concrete foundation. The building has a rectangular plan and a front gable roof with a stepped parapet. The building is clad in stucco on hollow tile with brick trim. The building features a Roman Doric portico with a pediment that encloses a small circular window. A large concrete base supports the portico. The portico has four smooth columns with simple bases. The fenestration consists of large six-over-nine single hung windows. The front elevation features a series of three double doors with multi-pane windows and round fanlights. Two windows flank the series of three doors.

Detail for 3515 S Alaska ST S / Parcel ID 1703400145 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Religion - Religious facility Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Religion, Social Movements & Organizations
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Centennial History, Columbia City, Rainier Valley, 1853-1991, Pioneers of Columbia City. Seattle, Washington, 1992.

Photo collection for 3515 S Alaska ST S / Parcel ID 1703400145 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 22, 2004
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