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City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods
"The Provident Building is irregular in plan with a major facade fronting on First Avenue South, with one bay slightly angled from it and a more utilitarian elevation along Occidental Way South. The building structure combines reinforced concrete and heavy timber interior columns and beams. The First Avenue South façade, clad in red brick, has a two-part vertical block composition. The façade is divided into six bays, five of which front directly on First Avenue South and the sixth which faces Railroad Way at an acute angle. The façade is modestly ornamented, with the spandrel panels framed by brickwork and diamond pattern tiles. Simple rectangular window openings include large vertical pivot type sash in sets of two. Mezzanine level windows have been restored. There is an original entrance at the center bay, with an original sign inscribed with the words “Provident” above it. A simple brick cornice has been removed. The more utilitarian rear elevation has sustained minor alterations and a new coat of beige paint."
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