AKA: Seattle Buddhist Temple #2, First Hill, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Horrocks, Pierce A., Architect (firm); Kichio Allen Arai (architect); Pierce Aspden Horrocks (architect)

Dates: constructed 1940-1941

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1427 South Main Street
First Hill, Seattle, WA 98144-2034

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Building History

According to the church's web site, the congregation formed on 11/15/1901. The church's web site indicated: "The Seattle Buddhist Church—also known as the Seattle Buddhist Temple or the Seattle Betsuin—is in the Jodo Shinshu tradition under the mother temple of the Nishi Hongwanji in Japan. We are affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA)." (See "A Brief History,"Accessed 04/24/2013.) This second temple complex had its formal dedication on 10/04/1941. Because of the congregation's Japanese origins, the US Maritime Commission Office took over the facility during the Second World War. using it from 05/03/1942 until 08/04/1946. The congregation built an auditorium dedicated in 10/1948. This complex had its status elevated to Betsuin status on 03/11/1954.

Buidling Notes

In 1986, the Seattle Buddhist Temple #2 was added to the Chinatown Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

PCAD id: 5369