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Summary for 104 17th AVE / Parcel ID 9826700795 / Inv #

Historic Name: Congregation Bikur Cholem Common Name: Langston Hughes Center
Style: Other Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1913
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This building is important for its associations with Seattle's first Jewish Congregation, Bikur Cholem. It is also architecturally important as representative of the work of architect B. Marcus Priteca and as a commanding visual landmark. This lot was purchase in 1909 and a lower floor completed in 1910. Priteca's plans were completed in early 1913 and in August 1915 the synagogue was dedicated. A religious school was opened in the synagogue in 1919.
This building is interpreted in Byzantine style. It is a commanding polygonal structure of tan brick the white terra cotta detailing. Windows are segmented and round arches. The synagogue was converted to use as the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center in 1971.

Detail for 104 17th AVE / Parcel ID 9826700795 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick, Terra cotta Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Other Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Religion - Religious facility Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Brick No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Religion
Changes to Interior: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Seattle Historic Inventory, Central Area, 1979.

Photo collection for 104 17th AVE / Parcel ID 9826700795 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 01, 1991

Photo taken Aug 01, 1991
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