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Summary for 155 21st AVE / Parcel ID 9826701275 / Inv #

Historic Name: Mortimer Apartments Common Name:
Style: Beaux Arts - Neoclassical Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1912
This apartment building is representative of the multifamily living units being built to meet the population boom of early 20th century Seattle. Additionally, this is a good, intact example of neoclassical apartment architecture and enhances our knowledge of residential development in Seattle. It was built as the Mortimer Apartments in 1913.
This neoclassical apartment building is built into a slope to the west at the northwest corner of 21st and Spruce. The foundation/daylight basement level is made of patented stone while the rest of the building is dark clinker brick. Window heads and lintels are masonry. A fourth floor steps up across the western half of the building. The roof in front of it originally had hearty pergolas that balanced the roof line and presumably created a roof garden. The entrance is a double door opening with classical entablature and pilasters.

Detail for 155 21st AVE / Parcel ID 9826701275 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Unknown
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: four
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Seattle P. I., March 30, 1913.
King County Tax Assessor Rolls (1892-1910), Washington State Archives

Photo collection for 155 21st AVE / Parcel ID 9826701275 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 01, 1991

Photo taken Aug 13, 1979
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