Seattle Buddhist Church

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Seattle Buddhist Church (2007)
Earlier building four blocks west at 1020 South Main Street, photographed circa 1914

Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple (built 1940–41) is a Japanese Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple in Seattle, Washington, USA, and a member of the Buddhist Churches of America.

Although it was designed by Japanese American Kichio Allen Arai,[1] the architect of record was Pierce A. Horrocks, because Arai lacked an architectural license.[2] It replaced an earlier Seattle Buddhist Church (built 1906–1908 by Saunders & Lawton, Charles W. Saunders and George Willis Lawton) that was torn down as part of the Yesler Terrace project.[3]

The building is a designated Seattle landmark.[4]

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  1. ^ Ochsner 1998, p. 242–243.
  2. ^ Ochsner 1998, p. 27–39, 242.
  3. ^ Landmarks Alphabetical Listing for S Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, Individual Landmarks, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle. Accessed 28 December 2007.


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Coordinates: 47°35′59″N 122°18′47″W / 47.59972°N 122.31306°W / 47.59972; -122.31306