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Summary for 1631 BELMONT AVE / Parcel ID 8804900750 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Conrad Apartments Common Name: Conrad Apartments
Style: Beaux Arts - Neoclassical Neighborhood: Pike/Pine
Built By: Year Built: 1928
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This building is a good and intact example of those built in neighborhoods throughout Seattle in the 1920s. It was designed by architect Howard H. Riley for builder Conrad Johnson. The city's population had increased dramatically in previous decades, and prosperity encouraged developers to meet the pent-up demand for housing. Apartments, ranging from basic housing to luxury units, were a significant factor in meeting this need, and became a major element of the streetscape, especially on Capitol Hill, with its nearby commercial district an easy streetcar access to downtown. This building is a typical apartment block in form, heavily decorated with terra cotta, but is atypical in that it is of brick masonry construction.
 
Appearance
The Conrad is a three-story apartment block of brick construction faced with dark red brick. The extensive terra cotta ornamentation includes an arched corbel table, coping along the parapet, window sills, two large cartouches on the top floor of the front fa├žade, and prominent quoins with twisted ornament on the two front corners. The terra cotta entry surround is particularly ornate, with two pairs of pilasters heavily ornamented with floral motifs below a similarly-decorated architrave with the word "Conrad" in the center. Above the cornice, the terra cotta surrounds a 3-over-1 window sitting above a turned balustrade and flanked by flanked by volutes and urns. Windows throughout rare three-over-one wood sash, arranged in pairs on the outer bays and on the top story, with single windows flanking the entry.

Detail for 1631 BELMONT AVE / Parcel ID 8804900750 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Brick No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 1631 BELMONT AVE / Parcel ID 8804900750 / Inv # 0


Photo taken Jun 22, 2011

Photo taken May 11, 2006
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