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Summary for 170 11TH AVE / Parcel ID 219760-0605 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Star Apartments Common Name: Star Apartments
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
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.
The Star Apartments are an excellent example of the apartment buildings constructed throughout Seattle in the first twenty years of the century.  It has a very high level of integrity and retains its original windows and detailing.

The Star Apartments were built in 1910 for Mr. and Mrs. George Carmack.  Carmack had been one of the discoverers of gold in the Klondike; he and his wife retired to Seattle and she invested his money in properties, incuding this building.  The Carmacks lived several blocks to the east in Squire Park.  This area on the west edge of Squire Park developed between 1890 and 1910 as a residential neighborhood with single family homes and scattered apartment builldings such as this one; most have been demolished or altered. It also had several institutions that have continued to grow and dominate the area.  The decades after the 1898 gold rush were ones of tremendous population growth in Seattle and numerous apartment buildings were constructed, generally near street car lines, as this one is.  
The three-story Star Apartments is located on the southwest corner of 11th avenue and Spruce Street.  It is rectangular in plan and of frame construction.  The first story is clad with dark red brick, while the upper two stories are clad with stucco.  The foundation is of concrete scored to look like stone. The roof has  The main facade has a five-bay composition;  two hexagonal bays on the second and third stories flank the center bay.  The center bay has open deeply recessed balconies on the upper stories, typical of apartments of this period. The fire escape goes through the balconies, which have curved balustrades of wrought iron (these may be replacements but are compatible).  Each of the bays has an eight-over-one window flanked by two six-over-one windows; all have wood sash.  The rear corners of the building also have two similar bays, with two more bays in the center of the side elevations.  Windows on the side and rear elevations have one-over-one wood sash. The rear elevation also has an open center bay with a fire escape in it.

The entry has marble stairs and wainscoting, with wood paneling above.  The glazed door has plain sidelights and leaded glass transoms.   There is a secondary entry on the north side, deeply recessed with wood paneling and a wood and glass door with nine-over-one sidelights.

Detail for 170 11TH AVE / Parcel ID 219760-0605 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Concrete, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 170 11TH AVE / Parcel ID 219760-0605 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 11, 2010
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