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Summary for 1722 Belmont AVE / Parcel ID 880490-0625 / Inv #

Historic Name: Sterling Court Common Name: Sterling Court
Style: Tudor - Cottage Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1926
 
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 U-shaped apartment court was designed in 1925 by the firm of Stuart and Wheatley for owner and contractor H. M. Smith. The architects, B. Dudley Stuart and Arthur Wheatley, were responsible for several of the most prominent apartment buildings of this era, including the Bergonian (now the Mayflower Hotel), Exeter House, Marlborough Apartments and Biltmore Apartments. Their practice also included residences and a number of fraternity and sorority houses. Stuart (1885-1977) was born in London and came to Seattle from Vancouver in 1918. He worked in partnership with Arthur Wheatley from 1925-1939, the heyday of Seattle apartment development. He later worked in partnership with Robert L. Durham, until retiring at the age of 86. This is a modest example of the popular bunglaow court form, with a very narrow courtyard separating the two parallel buildings, each with five 2-room units. It is owned an operated by Seattle Housing Resources Group as affordable housing.
 
Appearance
This small complex consists of two rectangular buildings parallel to each other with the units stepping up the hillside. The buildings are of wood frame construction with stucco cladding in the English Cottage style. The street (west) façade on Belmont Avenue has distinctive rounded clipped gable ends with a decorative louvered vent. An arch connects the two buildings, which are separated by a narrow walkway courtyard with a series of concrete stairs and minimal landscaping. Windows on the front are one-over-one wood sash, with the center one set in a blind arch with a decorative cartouche. Windows along the court are casements. There is an entry on the lower floor on the front façade, below the water table.

Detail for 1722 Belmont AVE / Parcel ID 880490-0625 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: U-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 1722 Belmont AVE / Parcel ID 880490-0625 / Inv #


Photo taken May 01, 2006
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