AKA: Church of Scientology of Washington State, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Lindsey, Chester, L., and Associates, Architects (firm); Paul Lucien Brenna ; Chester Loren Lindsey (architect)

Dates: constructed 1969

5 stories

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300 West Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98119

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Building History

The Seattle developer Martin Selig commissioned Chester L. Lindsey, Architect to design the Reading Dynamics Building, completed in 12/1969. Architect Paul Brenna, in the office of Chester L. Lindsey, Architect, was given credit for the design of the Reading Dynamics Building. Brenna and Lindsey worked with the Howard S. Wright Construction Company, general contractor. Selig envisioned another six-story office building to be erected on land adjacent in the near future.

An article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer discussed the Reading Dynamics Building's imminent completion: "Construction of the first phase of a $2.5 million office complex at Third Ave. W. and Harrison St. was nearing completion this week. The five-story structure, owned by Martin Selig, is leased to the the Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics Institute, the state motor vehicle department and the state department of labor and industry. The structure, to be known as the Reading Dynamics Building, will contain 35,000 square feet of rentable space. Completion is scheduled for December 1. Selig said an additional five-story building, containing 40,000 square feet of office space, will be erected on adjacent property during the next phase of construction. Leases on the second phase are now being accepted. Paul Brenna of the office of Chester L. Lindsey, architect, designed the buildings. Howard S. Wright Construction Co. is the general contractor." (See "New Building for Institute," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 10/05/1969, p. BM 59.) It does not appear that Selig ever built the second proposed building in this group.

By 07/2011, at least, the building had been occupied by the Church of Scientology of Washington State.

PCAD id: 24473