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Washington Mid-Century Modern Buildings (page 2)

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The Thai Restaurant
Wenatchee, WA
The Thai Restaurant was built in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The building originally housed Little Pedro's restaurant. The Thai Restaurant opened here in 1991. [map]

Fire Station #1
Tacoma, WA
Brown & Haley
Tacoma, WA
Fire Station #1 was built in 1968. [map]

The Brown & Haley candy-making business was established in 1912. In 1923, the company invented Almond Roca candy. This sign is installed on the side of the factory building. The round building houses the gift and candy shop next door. The sign on top of the building revolves. The building was constructed in 1962 for the World's Fair in Seattle where it housed a souvenir and ticket booth. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Wells Fargo Plaza
Tacoma, WA
St. Joseph's Hospital
Tacoma, WA
Wells Fargo Plaza was built from 1969-1970. It was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. [map]

St. Joseph's Hospital was designed by Bertrand Goldberg and was built from 1970-1975. The walls and columns are made of reinforced concrete. Goldberg was responsible for the similar-looking Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, IL. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Williams Oil Filter Service Company
Tacoma, WA
Skagit Animal Clinic
Burlington, WA
The Williams Oil Filter Service Company building was built in 1950. It originally housed the Washington Hardware Company store. [map]

The Skagit Animal Clinic building was built in 1962. I don't know what this building was used for originally. [map]

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and Charity Office
Walla Walla, WA
This St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and Charity Office was built in 1964. I don't know what business was here originally. [map]

Top Pot Doughnuts
Issaquah, WA
Top Pot Doughnuts has occupied this 1960s looking building since 2013. The building previously housed Rock N Roll Burger. Does anyone know what was here originally? [map]

Viking Village
Stanwood, WA
The Viking Village shopping center building and signs appear to be from the 1960s. [map]

The Fingernail
Richland, WA
Cypress Lawn
Memorial Park
Everett, WA
Wolf's Supply Co.
Vancouver, WA
The Fingernail is a concrete soundstage in Howard Amon Park. It was built in 1963 as the office for Truestone Concrete. There was a giant glass window in front. In 1968, the business closed and the property was purchased by Acme Concrete. The structure was abandoned at that point. In 1980, the property was sold to the state of Washington. It was nearly demolished before it was moved here in 1982. For more, see this website. [map]

Cypress Lawn Memorial Park was established in 1934. This monument appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Wolf's Supply Co. was an auto parts store. The building was built in 1950. It has been vacant since around 2012. The building was repainted from a grayish green to a grayish black sometime between 2012 and 2014. This photo is from 2015. For more, see this website. [map]

City Hall and Police Building
Vancouver, WA
former Salon L
Longview, WA
Vancouver's City Hall and Police Building was built in 1966. [map]

The building that housed Salon L was built in 1947. I don't know what business was here originally. The canopy suggests it might have been a gas station. [map]

Bowlero
Lakewood, WA
The Bowlero bowling alley was built in 1958. [map]

Original House of Donuts
Lakewood, WA
Joel M. Pritchard Library
Olympia, WA
The Original House of Donuts opened in 1959. [map]

The Joel M. Pritchard Library was designed by Paul Thiry and built in 1959. For more, see this website. [map]

Lee Creighton Justice Center
Olympia, WA
The Lee Creighton Justice Center was built in 1966 as Olympia's City Hall. It was designed by Robert H. Wohleb. The donut shaped building which housed the council chambers was originally surrounded by a fish-filled moat. For more, see this website. [map]

Medical Arts Building
Olympia, WA
The Medical Arts Building was designed by G. Stacey Bennett and built in 1966. [map]

Westside Lanes
Olympia, WA
The Westside Lanes was built in 1961. [map]

former Fotomat
Shelton, WA
former Fotomat
Renton, WA
former Fotomat
Snohomish, WA
This former Fotomat in Shelton now houses Valley Espresso. [map]

There is another former Fotomat in Shelton.

This former Fotomat in Renton now houses Rev It Up Java. [map]

This former Fotomat in Snohomish now houses The Coffee Bean. [map]

There are still lots of these former photo-developing kiosks around the country including these in California.

Bramble Home Store
Snohomish, WA
The Bramble Home Store building appears to be five interconnected Quonset huts. It might have been built in the 1940s. However, the front of the building looks like it might be from the 1950s or 1960s. Does anyone know the history of this building? [map]

Auburn Memorial Stadium
Auburn, WA
The Auburn Memorial Stadium is also known as Troy Field. The stadium is used by Auburn High School which is located across the street. It appears to be from the 1970s. [map]

Riplinger Funeral Home
Spokane, WA
The Riplinger Funeral Home was built in 1953. The relief sculpture was created by Harold Balazs. This sign looks like it might be from the 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Parkade
Spokane, WA
The Parkade was completed in 1967. The 11-story building has a 188 foot tower. It was designed by Warren Heylman. This parking garage and skywalk system play a central role in downtown Spokane. [map]

Spokane International Airport
Spokane, WA
The Spokane International Airport was designed by Warren Heylman and built in 1965. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

More Washington Mid-Century Modern Buildings:
Jackson Visitor Center (Ashford)
Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center (Coulee Dam) [map]

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