AKA: First United Methodist Church, Renton, WA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Durham, Anderson and Freed, Architects (firm); Hedin, Nels, General Contractor (firm); David Riley Anderson (architect); Robert Lewis Durham (architect); Aaron David Freed (architect); Nels Hedin (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1959-1960

2201 NE 4th Street
Renton, WA 98056

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The Seattle architectural firm of Durham, Anderson and Freed, that developed a specialty in church architecture during the post- World War II era, designed the 1st Untied Methodist Church.

Building History

Drawings of the 1st United Methodist Church in Renton, WA, by the Seattle architectural firm of Durham, Anderson and Freed, dated from 1958. Construction began in 1959 and concluded a year later. Durham, Anderson and Freed, noted local designers of churches in WA State, worked with the Swedish-born building contractor, Nels Hedin, to erect the facility.

The senior partner of Durham, Anderson and Freed, Robert L. Durham (1912-1998), became the first President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) from the Pacific Northwest in 1967-1968.

PCAD id: 22460