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Summary for 215 Pontius AVE / Parcel ID 2467400440 / Inv #

Historic Name: 215 Pontius Avenue Common Name: The Pontius
Style: Colonial - Federal Revival Neighborhood: Cascade
Built By: Year Built: 1914
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).
This frame apartment building was built in 1914 and surprisingly retains its decorative wood cornice. This is one of the few remaining wood apartment buildings left in Cascade. It also has the distinction of following conventions of apartment building design, rather than those of single family house design, which is more typical of the few remaining wood frame apartment buildings in Cascade (see 023A, 023B&C, for instance). The original siding appears to have been cedar clapboard siding which has been covered over by similar vinyl siding. The building retains its basic form and general appearance, window openings and surrounds, in addition to important detailing, particularly on the projecting cornice. It looks very much as it did in historic photos of the 1930s and, despite the change to the siding and the addition of black wooden shutters, has retained its architectural integrity.
This is a two story frame apartment building with a basement level. Its roof is flat roof with a parapet. It has a prominent wood cornice and projecting overhang, with repeated brackets and repeated dentils below the brackets, which wrap around the corner of the façade to the north. The building’s plan is a long rectangle (The length is more than twice the width). The main façade occurs along the narrow side of the rectangle. The composition of the main façade is symmetrical, with a pair of double hung windows flanking each side of the main entry, which is accessible by a short flight of steps. A similar pair of windows flanks each side of a smaller central window on the second floor. The windows are also distinguished by their generous wood surrounds. The building is currently sided in vinyl siding that, from a distance, resembles wood clapboard siding. Portions of the siding are cut away to reveal the cornice and original window wood surrounds on the façade, which seem slightly recessed in relation to the vinyl siding. It therefore seems very likely that the original siding is underneath the newer siding.

Detail for 215 Pontius AVE / Parcel ID 2467400440 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Concrete Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat, Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
King County Dept. of Development and Environmental Services Parcel Locators- GIS Center

Photo collection for 215 Pontius AVE / Parcel ID 2467400440 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 13, 2003
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