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Summary for 5810 Cowen PL / Parcel ID 1797501310 / Inv # UD016

Historic Name: Park Vista Apartments Common Name: Park Vista Apartments
Style: Other Neighborhood: University
Built By: John A. Creutzer, architect; A.S. Hainsworth, builder Year Built: 1928
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.
Owner and builder A.S. Hainsworth constructed the Park Vista Apartments in 1928. The construction cost was approximately $350,000. The Collegiate Gothic building contains 53 one to five room apartments. Loud speakers were built in so that tenants could access a master radio installed within the building. The apartments also contained Dictaphone house phones, electric ranges and refrigerators, and roll out beds. This building is significant as a substantial brick-faced apartment building with an L-shaped plan that takes advantage of its attractive location across from Cowen Park. Architect John A. Creutzer arrived in Seatlle in 1906 after practicing in Minneapolis and Spokane. He worked for contractor Alexander Pearson and architect-contractor Henderson Ryan. Creutzer designed the Swedish Tabernacle and the Medical and Dental Building (with A. H. Albertson) and died in 1929.
The Park Vista apartment building is a large four-story Collegiate Gothic brick structure. The L-shaped apartment building is located on a triangular parcel across from Cowen Park. The central main entrance is located on the hypotenuse of the triangular lot. Above the main entrance are three stories of narrow rows of windows. On the terminating ends of the L-shape are three-story bay windows with terra cotta detailing. All other windows are the single double-hung variety. The windows have been replaced with newer double-hung metal framed windows.

Detail for 5810 Cowen PL / Parcel ID 1797501310 / Inv # UD016

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Terra cotta Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s):
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: four
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
"Park Vista Apts. To be Ready by Middle of Month." University District Herald, September 24, 1928.
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
Nielsen, Roy. UniverCity: The Story of The University District in Seattle. Seattle: University Lions Foundation, 1986.

Photo collection for 5810 Cowen PL / Parcel ID 1797501310 / Inv # UD016

Photo taken Jan 18, 2002
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