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Summary for 819 BOYLSTON AVE / Parcel ID 197820-1060 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Marion Clinic Common Name: Boylston Building, Swedish Medical Center
Style: Modern - International Style Neighborhood: First Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1946
This building was designed in 1946 by Naramore, Bain, Brady and Johanson for Paul Carlson, a local builder and developer.  It was initially  a doctors' office and clinic.  In 1947 an adjacent hospital building was remodeled into the Marion Medical  Center, which included this building.  The adjacent building was later demolished.  This structure was purchased by Swedish Hospital in 1966, and continued to be used as medical offices for some time. It currently houses the Spiritual Care Offices of Swedish Health Services. 
 (Swedish Medical Center Major Institution Master Plan) 

This is one of numerous smaller buildings constructed in the 1940s-60s for First Hill's rapidly-expanding medical complexes.  Most of these mid-century buildings have themselves been replaced by larger hospital buildings or medical offices.  Swedish Medical Center, founded in 1910, is now the region's largest hospital. Swedish and related offices have expanded through an early residential area to cover approximately fifteen blocks between Boren Avenue and Broadway, from Madison Street south to James Street. 

This building is located on the southwest corner of Boylston and Marion streets, just off of Boren Avenue.  The building is of masonry construction with a flat roof.  It is composed of a two-story L-shaped volume along the rear, with a one-story section in front, giving it a shallow U-shaped plan with a recessed courtyard entry between the two volumes.  The double-height entry bay is framed by a projecting lintel and is distinguished by a two-story window wall exterior. Another distinctive window is a projecting double-height bay that faces north, to the left of the east-facing entry. The wing to the north of the main entrance projecting from the main portion of the building is a smaller single-story wing. The building is clad with Roman brick veneer and brick trim that has been painted beige.  Windows have aluminum sash with three horizontal lights with a wider fixed center and operable upper and lower panes. The windows are set either singly or in groups of two.

Detail for 819 BOYLSTON AVE / Parcel ID 197820-1060 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Roman Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Health Care - Medical Business/Office Plan: U-Shape
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Health/Medicine
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 819 BOYLSTON AVE / Parcel ID 197820-1060 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 11, 2010
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