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Summary for 2156 8th AVE / Parcel ID 701120-0595 / Inv #

Historic Name: Westmoreland Apartments Common Name: Westmoreland Apartments
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1910
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.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This small apartment building is one of the earlier ones in the vicinity, built in 1910, and has the multistory bays found only in the early apartment buildings. It is located in a single-family area at the edge of the small commercial district at 6th Avenue West and West McGraw Street, a major streetcar stop. Commercial development occurred at streetcar junctions and, before zoning was initiated in the 1920s, apartment buildings often arose in nearby single family areas. This allowed people who could not afford houses to live in neighborhoods and still get downtown easily for work or shopping. This building was designed for J. A. Williams by architect Orison Dickinson. The contractor was J. S. Bosland. Williams appears to have owned the building only briefly, as by 1916 the owner was Walter Vincent, the owner of a real estate company. He received a permit that year to repair fire damage. In the late 1930s it was purchased by Otto Habicht, a trainman for the Seattle Municipal Railway. He and his wife Albertina owned and lived in the building until at least the 1950s.
This building is somewhat old-fashioned in style, with two three-story three-sided bays flanking the central entry bay. It has a flat roof with a parapet above wide eaves, stucco cladding, a frieze below the eaves and a water table above the concrete basement level. There are two full stories with a daylight basement; the entry is on the first full story, with wide stairs up to the main door. The entry porch has four square columns and glazing on the sides. Above it is an enclosed porch with casement windows; the enclosure predates the 1938 Tax Assessor photo and may be original, although the windows have been replaced. Windows elsewhere are one-over-one double-hung sash. The northeast corner has another three-story bay and the rear elevation has an enclosed porch on the top two floors, similar to that on the front, with a walkway underneath it.

Detail for 2156 8th AVE / Parcel ID 701120-0595 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 2156 8th AVE / Parcel ID 701120-0595 / Inv #

Photo taken Jul 06, 2004
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