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Summary for 3200-3012 Harvard AVE / Parcel ID 1959703155 / Inv # EA009

Historic Name: Harwood Apartments Common Name: A. W. Larson Building
Style: Beaux Arts - Neoclassical Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: J. M. Barnes Year Built: 1924
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1924, this long-time Eastlake landmark was originally named the Harwood Apartments. The name was probably derived from that of the original owner, M. R. Wood, and the location on Harvard Avenue. It has a key location at the gateway to the Eastlake neighborhood, where Harvard and Eastlake avenues meet, just south of the University Bridge. It is also notable for its elegant materials and high level of architectural integrity. The use of terra cotta ornament and buff brick sets it apart from the average neighborhood mixed use building. Over the years, the first floor has housed numerous small businesses serving neighborhood needs, including grocery stores, dry cleaners and barbers.
 
Appearance
This two-story apartment/commercial building is clad in buff brick with extensive terra cotta ornament. It is long, with 114 feet of frontage, and angled to match the curve of the street. Courses of cream-colored terra cotta tiles run below the cornice and above the first floor. Courses of white bricks run above and below the second floor windows. The second floor windows have 9/1 double-hung sash, predominantly in pairs. The south elevation is clad in stucco. The four storefronts are largely intact, with terra cotta bulkheads, wood doors and display windows with transoms. The stores are separated by pilasters of tan terra cotta tile with bands of white tiles. The main entry to the apartments, in the center of the main fa├žade, has original double doors of oak. The entry area is framed by elaborate terra cotta, with a dentilled cornice, modillions and rose medallions. The floor in the entry is white hexagonal tile, while the wall is decorated with pale green and red tile. The building was once capped by a terra cotta balustrade, which has been removed.

Detail for 3200-3012 Harvard AVE / Parcel ID 1959703155 / Inv # EA009

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: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Community Planning/Development
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 3200-3012 Harvard AVE / Parcel ID 1959703155 / Inv # EA009


Photo taken Aug 07, 2001
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