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Summary for 2619 5th AVE / Parcel ID 069000325 / Inv #

Historic Name: Le Sourd Apartments Common Name: Edwards on Fifth
Style: Art Deco Neighborhood: Belltown
Built By: Year Built: 1929
The Le Sourd Apartments were designed in 1929 for owner L. W. Le Sourd by Earle Morrison, one of the city's most prominent apartment designers. William C. D. Edwards purchased the building in 1945, changing its name to the Edwards Apartments. It is one of the largest apartment buildings of the period in the Belltown/Denny Regrade vicinity, and one of the few in the area in the Art Deco style that was becoming very popular by 1929. The second Denny Regrade (1929-30), east of Fifth Avenue, was completed just as the Depression began and was occupied primarily by low-density uses such as auto dealerships, with a variety of buildings along 5th Avenue. The storefronts and store interiors have been modernized and the apartment windows have newer vinyl sash. Architect Earle Morrison (d. 1955) practiced in Spokane before moving to Seattle in 1926. He specialized in high-rise buildings, especially apartments. His major works include the the Textile (now Olympic) Tower, Olive Tower Apartments (1928), 1223 Spring Street Apartments (1929), the Gainsborough (1930), the Nettleton (now 1000 8th Avenue Apartments, 1949) and the Baldwin (now Horizon House, 1955).
This six-story building is of concrete construction, faced with scored brick in shades of brown and tan. Above the first floor windows is a course of cast stone ornament with a Art Deco-style fern motif. The storefronts have been modernized with new display windows and tile bulkheads. The apartment windows have been replaced with vinyl 6-over-1 sash.

Detail for 2619 5th AVE / Parcel ID 069000325 / Inv #

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Ceramic tile, Stone - Cast Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: six
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Storefront: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 2619 5th AVE / Parcel ID 069000325 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 18, 2007
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