Our members meetings offer the opportunity to learn about programs and projects of interest taking place in our community and through the auspices of Historic Seattle. These events are held at sites of historic or architectural interest, and a short quarterly business meeting precedes the program.
Completed in 1960 as the spiritual home of Mercer Island’s First Church of Christ, Scientist, this jewel box of a building is now home to Congregation Shevet Achim (Hebrew for “dwelling together”). The 10,500-square-foot building, originally designed by Robert L. Durham, is a beautiful example of Mid-Century Modern aesthetic expressed in religious architecture. The building presents a modest exterior set in gently landscaped grounds. Its interior reveals itself to the attentive visitor as a subtly compelling spiritual space. The story of how a small Orthodox Jewish community acquired the building, otherwise destined for demolition, testifies to the power of interfaith collaboration.
Photo courtesy of Robert Kahn
Free / Donations accepted