Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Johnston - Campanella and Company, Architects (firm); Worthington, Skilling, Helle and Jackson, Structural Engineers (firm); Felix M. Campanella (architect); Helge Joel Helle (structural engineer); Joseph F. Jackson (structural engineer); David Arthur Johnston (architect); John Bower Skilling (structural engineer); Harold L. Worthington (structural engineer)

Dates: constructed 1960-1962

1 story

5816 15th Avenue NW
Ballard, Seattle, WA 98107

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Building History

This church, replacing an earlier facility built between 1902 and 1923, improved the seating for the congregation, accommodating 800 people. Constructed at a cost of about $300,000, the firm of Johnston-Campanella and Associates of Seattle served as the architects. It worked with the noted engineering firm of Worthington, Skilling, Helle and Jackson on the project in 1960-1962. The church faced the busy 15th Avenue NW artery.

The church was located next to a baptistry, accessible from the sanctuary by means of a breezeway. The baptistry was covered by a parabolic, thin-shell roof, a favorite feature of the Worthington, Skilling, Helle and Jackson firm at the time. In addition, the building complex featured a detached belltower made of precast concrete rising 80 feet. The use of a separate belltower was fairly common for churches at the time, and can also be seen in Our Lady of the Lake in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle, built 1960-1961.

Building Notes

The glass artist Gabriel Loire of Chartres, France, produced the sculptured glass used on the building's interior.

PCAD id: 21180