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Summary for 411 E Thomas ST E / Parcel ID 6848200116 / Inv #

Historic Name: Thomas Apartments Common Name: Thomas Park View Apartments
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1909
 
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 is one of the older buildings in the area, from 1909, but no permit or plans for it have been located. Its plan reflects its early date, with bay windows and a combination of stucco and brick cladding. The building has 16 apartments, averaging 662 square feet. The original configuration was 15 apartments, but an additional one was added in the basement in 1988. It is a good and largely intact example of this early style of apartment development, dating from 1909. It was during this decade that apartments mushroomed on Capitol Hill, to accommodate the vast influx of new arrivals, many of whom were young singles. In the years following the 1897 Klondike gold rush the city grew dramatically, doubling between 1890 and 1900 and nearly tripling again by 1910, to 237,194. The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition also attracted apartment development, as people anticipated the large number of visitors, many traveling some distance to stay for weeks or months. Capitol Hill was close to downtown, with good streetcar service, and a number of apartments were built to accommodate visitors.
 
Appearance
The Thomas Park view is rectangular in plan, with three stories on the main elevation plus a basement story on the rear, due to the sloping site. Cladding on the first story is dark red brick with quoins of light-colored brick. The second and third stories are clad with cream-colored stucco, while the basement level is concrete. The upper section, between the deep eaves and the upper windows, is clad with wood panels. The primary features are the three-sided hanging bays on the second and third stories. There are four bays on the front and three on the west fa├žade. The recessed entry is centered between the front bays, with balconies above on the second and third stories. The third story has newer French doors, but the second story has the original doors. Windows are mostly 8-over-1 double hung sash; a few of the upper sash have been replaced with a single pane of glass.

Detail for 411 E Thomas ST E / Parcel ID 6848200116 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco 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
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 411 E Thomas ST E / Parcel ID 6848200116 / Inv #


Photo taken Apr 18, 2006
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