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Summary for 118-122 Broadway / Parcel ID 6003002030 / Inv # CH003

Historic Name: Chevalier Apartments Common Name: Marynel Apartments
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: unknown Year Built: 1929
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This is one of the most intact and well-maintained mixed use buildings in the Broadway business district. By the time this structure was constructed, in 1929, Broadway had become a thriving business district with stores to serve every need, including groceries, pharmacies, clothing stores and restaurants. In the 1930s this building had a variety of small businesses--a small grocery store, a radio repair shop, a beauty salon and a plumbing/heating contractor. The first owner was Hiram Chevalier and it was known as the Chevalier Apartments. In 1939 it was purchased by Ernest Biesold. Tenants over the years have included a deli and the current optician and tobacconist. In the 1940s the building was renamed the Marynel Apartments; it has been owned by Leroy Yearout since 1971. The building's elegant terra cotta and tile detailing reflect the quality of the surrounding shopping district in the 1920s. The Tax Assesor's record from 1937 indicate that it was elegant inside as well as out, with maple floors, mahogany paneling, and imitation fireplaces in the small units.
This building has terra cotta cladding on the first floor, with brick on the second floor. The builder used buff brick. which had become very popular on Broadway in the late 1920s. There is also extensive terra cotta ornamentation, including the cornice with small shield medallions at intervals and two larger shield medallions flanked by two groups of four tiles with an oak leaf motif. The apartment entry alcove has an oak door with beveled glass lights and brass hardware, all in excellent condition. The four storefronts have original metal sash display windows and black tile bulkheads with newer steel doors. All five entries have black-and-white hexagonal tile flooring. Second floor windows have the original wood surrounds and tera cotta sills with newer dark metal sash.

Detail for 118-122 Broadway / Parcel ID 6003002030 / Inv # CH003

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Commerce
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Williams, Jacqueline B. The Hill with a Future: Seattle's Capitol Hill 1900-1946. Seattle: CPK Ink, 2001.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 118-122 Broadway / Parcel ID 6003002030 / Inv # CH003

Photo taken Aug 20, 2001
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