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Summary for 1629 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 600300-0590 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Lenawee Apartments Common Name: Lenawee Apartments
Style: Beaux Arts - Neoclassical Neighborhood: Pike/Pine
Built By: Year Built: 1918
 
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 large building is a prominent feature of the neighborhood, extending 116 feet along Harvard Avenue East and 103 feet down the side street. Its five stories accommodate 78 apartments, most with two rooms. The 1937 tax assessor's report noted that it was a well-maintained building with "expensive" plumbing fixtures, oak and fir flooring and trim, central refrigeration and mail chutes. It was built by the Bradner Company and designed by John Creutzer. Creutzer had arrived in Seattle in 1906 after practicing in Minneapolis and Spokane. He worked for contractor Alexander Pearson and architect-contractor Henderson Ryan before establishing his own practice. He designed many apartment buildings, especially on Capitol Hill, as well as the Swedish Tabernacle (1906) and the Medical-Dental Building (1927, with A. H. Albertson). He died in 1924. Capitol Hill was one of the city's first apartment neighborhoods because of its easy streetcar access to downtown. The first two decades brought significant population growth in Seattle, but relatively little construction, partially due to economic factors relating to World War I. Thus, this building is somewhat unusual, being constructed in 1918, pre-dating the major construction boom of the mid-1920s.
 
Appearance
This prominent six-story building has an L-shaped plan with a semi-enclosed courtyard. The entry has a terra cotta surround, with a round arched doorway flanked by pilastes and topped by a dentilled cornice and a balustrade. Below the cornice the words "The Lenawee" are incised. The elegant entry vestibule is trimmed in white marble, with double doors of wood and glass with a transom and sidelights. The main fa├žade has a prominent terra cotta cornice, which extends around the other elevations as a simple belt course. Other terra cotta ornamentation includes a water table below the first floor windows, a belt course below the top floor windows, blind arches above most of the fourth floor windows and sills and keystones on the other windows. Windows have the original ten-over-one wood sash.

Detail for 1629 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 600300-0590 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: five
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
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 1629 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 600300-0590 / Inv # 0


Photo taken May 11, 2006

Photo taken May 11, 2006
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