Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - elementary schools

Designers: Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers (firm); John Graham Sr. (architect/engineer); John Graham Jr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1950

1 story

2645 California Avenue SW
West Seattle, Seattle, WA 98116

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Seattle architecture firm John Graham and Company designed a 20-room replacement for the previous Lafayette Elementary School, damaged in the Seattle Earthquake of 04/13/1949, and demolished in 08/1949. (The new building, which opened in 09/1950, was erected on the site of the old Lafayette school.) Six portable classrooms were also appended to the school before 1953 to add space. These were removed when the new six-classroom wing was built in 1953.

Tel: 206.252.9500 (2010). The original site was 2.3 acres, and was doubled in size by acquiring adjacent land in 1946. At least two houses as well as the previous school occupied the site in early 1949. The Graham addition was very modern; it had ribbon windows and monitor lighting (like a factory) each classroom. Walls were sheathed in long, thin, Roman brick, a choice very popular in Seattle, WA, c. 1950.

John Graham and Company designed a addition to the school (six classrooms) in 1953.

PCAD id: 15620