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Summary for 509-521 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 1990200115 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: 4th West Apartments
Style: Ranch - Minimal Traditional Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1947

This trio of 3-story Roman brick-clad apartment buildings were constructed between 1947 and 1948, according to the 1949 King County Assessor property card, in the Uptown neighborhood. The buildings are known as Fourth Avenue West Apartments. They were advertised as 1-bedroom apartments and were rented as furnished or unfurnished. During the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair the apartment buildings were heavily advertised in The Seattle Times for their proximity to the fairgrounds as it was located just 5 blocks away. A Mr. and Mrs. Plummer ran the buildings and offered maid service for the units.


Constructed in 1947-48, this trio of apartment buildings is located midblock on the west side of Fourth Avenue W between W Mercer and W Republican streets. Each building is 3 stories with a daylight basement. They have a rectangular plan and stand on a poured concrete foundation with a parged finish. The buildings have flat roofs with parapets. They are clad in Roman brick veneer and simulated stone. The buildings feature metal windows in fixed and casement configurations as well as glass block windows on their side elevations. The windows wrap the building corners and are encircled with brick soldier courses. The buildings are nearly identical buildings constructed on one parcel; they share a large lawn and the center building is set back from the other two.  

The buildings retain integrity and are an excellent example of a large-scale post-WWII apartment building.

Detail for 509-521 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 1990200115 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR
Cladding(s): Brick - Roman, Stone Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured 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 509-521 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 1990200115 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 26, 2018

Photo taken Feb 26, 2018

Photo taken Feb 26, 2018

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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