Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Durham, Anderson and Freed, Architects (firm); David Riley Anderson (architect); Robert Lewis Durham (architect); Aaron David Freed (architect)

Dates: constructed 1950

West Seattle, Seattle, WA

Building History

The West Seattle 1st Lutheran Church organized in 1946 with 150 original parishioners, and built its main sanctuary in 1950. In 1956, it had a membership of 1,250 with 500 children attending its Sunday school classes.


A $125,000 Youth and Education Wing was added in 1956, designed by the Seattle architectural firm of Durham, Anderson and Freed, noted church architects. According to the Seattle Times, the building contained 14 classrooms for Sunday school use: "Five classrooms, a lounge, the administrative offices and kitchen will be on the first floor, with nine classrooms on the second floor. A central courtyard will provide additional light for the interior rooms." (See "Lutheran Church Plans $125,000 Annex," Seattle Times, 10/14/1956, p. 38.) These new classrooms could seat about 600 children. The groundbreaking ceremony for the addition was projected to occur on 11/04/1956.

PCAD id: 19903