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Summary for 627 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 3876900115 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Charmaine Apartments Common Name:
Style: Art Deco Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1929
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).

This 3-story brick-clad apartment building was constructed in 1929, according to the 1937 King County Assessor property card, in the Uptown neighborhood. The building is known as The Charmaine. Builder Chris Sandland constructed the building and sold it soon after completion to C.J. Stephanus for $85,000. The building when it opened contained 15 apartment units. Sandland collaborated with architecture firm Stuart & Wheatley.

Bertram Dudley Stuart (1885–1977) was born in London, England, and practiced architecture in Edmonton, Alberta, and then Vancouver, British Columbia, before moving to Seattle in 1915. He married Edith May Hatton of Seattle ca. 1910 (their engagement announcement ran in the Seattle Times in summer 1909). While in Vancouver, B.C., he practiced with Howard E. White (Stuart & White, 1912–13). He partnered with Arthur Wheatley as Stuart & Wheatley between 1923 and 1930. Together, they designed Biltmore Apartments (1923–24), Highland Apartments (1924), Bergonian Hotel (1926), Sterling Court Apartments (1926), Exeter House Apartments (1927), and Marianne Apartments (1929), all in Seattle. Stuart then partnered with Holmes and Lister Jones, as Stuart, Holmes & Jones (1940–42), then Paul Hayden Kirk and Robert Durham as Stuart, Kirk & Durham (1942–45). Kirk branched off on his own and the partners reformed as Stuart & Durham (1945–54), designing the Queen Anne Vista Apartments (1949). Stuart started his own practice after 1954 and designed the Washington Mutual Savings Bank in Federal Way (1968–69). Stuart retired at the age of 86 as a result of failing eyesight. He passed away in 1977, survived by his wife Edith, son, B. Dudley Stuart, Jr., and daughter, Gladwyn (Stuart) Morrison.


Constructed in 1929, this apartment building is located midblock on the west side of Fourth Avenue W between W Roy and W Mercer streets. The building fronts Fourth Avenue W. The 3-story building has a rectangular plan and stands on a poured concrete foundation. The building has a flat roof with a parapet. Brick clads the building and cast stone pieces decorate it. The building’s main (east) elevation is divided into three bays. The center bay is projected one brick length out from the north and south bays. The main entrance is centered within the center bay and is accessed via brick stairs which lead to a brick stoop. The entrance is located between the first and second floors and is surrounded by a cast stone surround with fluted pilasters and large lintel with Art Deco ornamentation. A cast stone beltcourse with Art Deco motifs in relief runs above the third floor windows. The window above the entrance is offset from the other windows, indicating the possible location of the building’s stairwell.  The building’s original windows have been replaced with vinyl sash windows.

The buildings retains good integrity, with the exception of its windows and is a typical example of an apartment building from its period of construction.

Detail for 627 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 3876900115 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status: NR
Cladding(s): Brick, Stone - Cast Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Unknown No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
City of Seattle DPD Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 627 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 3876900115 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 27, 2004

Photo taken Feb 26, 2018

Photo taken Feb 26, 2018

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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