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Summary for 900 BOYLSTON AVE / Parcel ID 197820-1135 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: unknown Common Name: St. Joseph's Baby 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 medical clinic.  It is now owned by Swedish Health Services and houses a baby center and a retail store.  
 (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  Most of these mid-century buildings have themselves been replaced by larger hospital buildings or medical offices.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. 


The building is located at the intersection of Marion St, Boylston Ave and Broadway on the south end of a wedge-shaped block.  It is generally L-shaped in plan of masonry constrcution clad with  Roman brick that has been painted beige. The building is integrated to the site, which slopes down to the east towards Broadway. An original retaining wall of Roman brick, painted the same color as the building helps define the setting and integration of the site with the slope. The building has a flat roof a nd is composed oof three box-like sections, with the larger rectangular two-story section to the north, a narrower mid-section with a slightly lowered roofline that is setback to provide an entry court, and a third single-story section to the south at the same setback as the entry. The center section (facing west) serves as the entry with double-height windows above the door. On the east side facing Broadway is a small retail store.  Doors and windows are original aluminum frame. Windows are three-part with a hopper on the upper pane.

Detail for 900 BOYLSTON AVE / Parcel ID 197820-1135 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Roman Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Rolled
Building Type: Health Care- Clinic Plan:
Structural System: 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
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 900 BOYLSTON AVE / Parcel ID 197820-1135 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 11, 2010
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