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Summary for 5421-5425 California AVE / Parcel ID 7625701295 / Inv # WS013

Historic Name: none Common Name: Worldwide School
Style: Modern - Northwest Regional Neighborhood: West Seattle Junction
Built By: Ralph D. Anderson Year Built: 1961
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This medical clinic (constructed between 1961 and 1962) is a good expression of the Northwest Modern style, using wood, concrete aggregate and glass. It exhibits a strong Japanese influence with the strong horizontal plane of the rooflines, the floating platform of the terrace and simple post roof supports. Especially notable is the integration of the landscaping of pine trees, Japanese maples and boulders into the building. The building was designed as a medical clinic, with various waiting and examination rooms, offices and laboratories. It remained in that use until recently, and is currently used as offices. Ralph Anderson is one of the most prominent practitioners of the Northwest Modern style, gaining renown in the 1960s-70s for his houses and small commercial structures, as well as for his efforts in historic preservation.
 
Appearance
Little of this Modernist building is apparent from the sidewalk. The main impression is of the varying horizontal planes of the several flat roofs of the building's main components. At the front is a small parking area and a wood fence, softened by plantings of trees and shrubs. The entry is marked by a flat roof, supported on rectangular wood posts, above an aggregate pathway that leads through a landscaped courtyard to the building entrance. Several concrete steps ascend to the modern glass entry door and a small terrace, with metal railings. Adjacent stairs descend to the lower portion of the building. Cladding throughout is stucco, with wood trim along the roof; windows are irregularly placed metal sash of varying sizes.

Detail for 5421-5425 California AVE / Parcel ID 7625701295 / Inv # WS013

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Professional Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Manufacturing/Industry
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 5421-5425 California AVE / Parcel ID 7625701295 / Inv # WS013


Photo taken Sep 24, 2001
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