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Summary for 5911-5919 15th AVE / Parcel ID 2767603400 / Inv # BA006

Historic Name: Fifteenth Avenue Apartments Common Name: Fifteenth Avenue Apartments
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1928
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This apartment/commercial building is an important feature of the 15th Avenue NW corridor, typical of those structures that developed along streetcar lines to provide housing as well as goods and services. It is somewhat unusual in this area, since this arterial east of central Ballard developed primarily as a commercial corridor rather than as a residential/apartment area. It is one of only two significant mixed use blocks on 15th NW. It is largely intact, with minor alterations to storefronts. It has a separate residential facade, facing NW 60th Street, which is relatively ornate with decorative brickwork and two entries. Also significant is the row of nine largely intact garages on the alley to the rear (south) of the building. For many years the building housed a grocery store and a drug store; it currently has a restaurant and small service businesses.
This large L-shaped red brick apartment building measures 92 feet along NW 60th Street, with a 56-foot frontage along 15th Avenue NW, with several commercial storefronts. These are substantially intact, with recessed entries, large display windows with transoms and tile bulkheads. The parapet, which has contrasting metal coping, is stepped at intervals, with an arched section above the main residential entry; this arch has an inset of decorative tile. The main entry has a decorative wood surround with large modillions; the entry to the west has a decorative surround with a gabled pediment. Prominent terra cotta belt courses run above the first floor windows and at the cornice line. Windows throughout are original 1/1 double-hung wood sash, mostly in pairs. Many apartments have rear doors opening to a rear service court facing the alley. Also on the alley side is a brick structure with nine single-car garages, in largely original condition except for newer doors.

Detail for 5911-5919 15th AVE / Parcel ID 2767603400 / Inv # BA006

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Community Planning/Development
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 5911-5919 15th AVE / Parcel ID 2767603400 / Inv # BA006

Photo taken Jan 15, 2002
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