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Odessa Brown Clinic

The building has historical significance due to its association with prominent Black Architects Donald King and Laurie Wilson, as well as its role in providing healthcare to the Black Community.


In 1967, Odessa Brown advocated for Black children's health in Seattle's Central District and successfully secured funding from the Model Cities Program (1966-1971) to establish a children's health clinic there. The clinic relocated in 1990 to a new postmodern-style facility designed by a Black architect team. The previous location was 170 20th Ave Seattle 98122.


In 1994, the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center also moved to the same site at 2101 E. Yesler Way, where both clinics now coexist. Following recent remodeling, the front of the building now prominently displays the Carolyn Downs name.

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