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Summary for 221-223 1st AVE / Parcel ID 198920-1260 / Inv #

Historic Name: Taylor Court Apartments Common Name: Donna's Barbershop
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Queen Anne
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.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
These modest storefronts represent a rare building form in Seattle, a one-story U-shaped apartment court with commercial stores at the front. There have been a variety of businesses over the years, including a fishing tackle shop (1960), an architect (1970) and a mailbox company. But for most of the building's existence there has been a barbershop or a beauty shop in one of the storefronts.
 
Appearance
The street fa├žade has two small storefronts, with stucco cladding, stepped parapets and wood-and-glass entries in the center center flanked by large display windows with metal sash. The storefronts appear to be largely intact, although the window sash may have been replaced; the doors have been replaced. Between the storefronts is a stucco gate entering a narrow courtyard flanked by apartment units. A second arch is at the west end of the courtyard. Each unit opens onto the courtyard, with a hipped hood over its own stoop. At the rear are two hipped-roof wings with two doors onto the alley; these doorways have concrete steps and metal awnings. The rear windows are vinyl sash, but others are largely original wood frame. Cladding on the residential portion is primarily clapboard with cornerboards, with shingles below the water table.

Detail for 221-223 1st AVE / Parcel ID 198920-1260 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet, Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: U-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 221-223 1st AVE / Parcel ID 198920-1260 / Inv #


Photo taken Aug 16, 2004

Photo taken Aug 16, 2004

Photo taken Aug 30, 2004
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