Symmetry #53

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Whimsical, May 5, 2019

This building’s symmetry is only the beginning of its curious delights for the eye … there’s that wonderful knobbed half-cone atop the second-floor bay window, for instance. What isn’t immediately noticeable are its several mosaics: over the windows, for instance, and then the elongated rectangle at the top is one too. It’s hard to see in this photo, but it’s a mosaic sign reading Fortess Road Post Office. Too bad it’s not still a post office! Read all about the building’s history and find close-ups of its mosaics at this site here.

1930s Seattle (and Symmetry #51)

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Spring green and yellow, March 31, 2019

The red brick of this 1930 apartment building–The Envoy Apartments–was beautifully complemented this afternoon by the new spring leaves on the tree in front of it, not to mention by the bright yellow of its window trimmings. The building was designed by William J. Bain (1896-1985), who, as it turns out, also designed Yesler Terrace! Read all about him at this site here.

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Seattle Gothic (and symmetry #50!)

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Rainy-day elegance, February 16, 2018

A nice instance of symmetry … and another site of historical interest! This view is of part of the Lowell-Emerson Apartments, which, as this site here explains, were built in 1928 by Seattle architect John S. Hudson. Here’s what the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (here) has to say about Mr. Hudson:

John S. Hudson (b. 1879) developed apartments primarily on Capitol Hill and First Hill between 1923 and 1928. He came to Seattle in 1903 from his native Minnesota. He began studying architecture in 1910 and obtained his architecture license in 1921, but he worked primarily as a developer. He is known to have been involved with at least a dozen buildings, many with names derived from New England—the John Alden, Paul Revere, John Winthrop, Hudson Arms, Lexington-Concord, Faneuil Hall, Lowell and Emerson. Others are the Hudson Arms, Chasselton, Northcliffe, Miramar, Loleta, Roxbury, Rhododendron and Ruth Court (now Unity Court).

Interesting — especially the part about his naming preferences!

Symmetry #48 ~

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Classic old apartment building, June 27, 2018

Check out that checkerboard brick work between the two rows of windows — and the fancy windows too. Just two of the reasons this 1924 building is a historical site. Read all about it at this site here.