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Summary for 2800 1st AVE / Parcel ID 065400-0005 / Inv #

Historic Name: Seattle Labor Temple Common Name: Seattle Labor Temple
Style: Modern - Contemporary Neighborhood: Belltown
Built By: Year Built: 1942
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
The Labor Temple was built in 1942, as the booming wartime workforce increased the number of local workers and numerous unions established offices in this vicinity. It replaced an inadequate older buidling on Sixth Avenue. Seattle has been known since the early 20th century for the strength of its labor movement, and this building has been the center for organizing and office activities for more than sixty years. This prominent half-block building was originally two stories, designed by McClelland and Jones. A two-story auditorium on the north side was built in 1946. A third story, designed by Dietrick, Harmon and Pray, and compatible with the original structure, was added in 1955. It is a good example of 1940s Modernist design in its materials and lack of ornamentation.
 
Appearance
This building is of solid brick construction, clad with buff-colored brick. It has clean lines, with the primary ornamentation being the large windows with spandrels of aqua-colored terra cotta tile below. The first story windows are 12-light steel sash, with the second and third stories having smaller 9-light windows. These may be newer replacements but appear similar to the original sash. They are spaced at regular intervals, with five on each side of the central entry. The slightly recessed entry bay, trimmed with polished red granite, rises two stories. A auditorium at the north end is two storeis in height, but lower than the main building. It has a grand entry bay with three recessed bays, each edged with aqua terra cotta and with a set of metal doors. Abvoe each entry is a terra cotta panel with a large light fixture, with tall windows above lighting the lobby. The south fa├žade of the main section of the building has another separate entry to a restaurant.

Detail for 2800 1st AVE / Parcel ID 065400-0005 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Social - Meeting Hall Plan: U-Shape
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Social Movements & Organizations
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 2800 1st AVE / Parcel ID 065400-0005 / Inv #


Photo taken Mar 18, 2007

Photo taken Mar 18, 2007

Photo taken Jul 04, 2006
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