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Summary for 500/502 Minor AVE / Parcel ID 2467400235 / Inv #

Historic Name: 502 -500 Minor Avenue N. Common Name: 502 Minor Avenue N.
Style: Commercial, Vernacular Neighborhood: Cascade
Built By: Year Built: 1911
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).
The building is a virtually intact example of early Seattle apartment building architecture. It was built in 1911. It employs compositional effects and a simple contrast in brick color to allude to more classical conventions of building and architectural design in masonry. The corner storefront has been part of the building at least since the 1930s, although the commercial area of the building was extended inside the building envelope during the 1980s. This is among the few early apartment buildings in the Cascade neighborhood, not located along Eastlake. The other two, still working apartment buildings, are the Brewster at 133 Pontius Avenue N., which dates from 1916 (see 024) and the Carlton at 603 Pontius North, which dates from 1923 (see 026). It is also one of the few early mixed use apartment buildings in Cascade (The other is the Jensen Block on Eastlake, see 056). It is also one of five brick buildings in Cascade shown on the 1912 Baist's mapof Seattle. The Jensen (1906), the Grandview (1907), the Supply Laundry Building (1908, with later changes) all show up on the 1908 Baist's Map and are still standing, while the Cascade School (1894) has been demolished. This makes 500-502 Minor Avenue N. is a very visible addition to the group.
This is a three story brick clad apartment building with a basement level. Its footprint is square in plan, but there is a light court above the ground level facing south on Republican street. The roof is flat with a parapet. Street elevations, facing west and south, are symmetrically composed. They mainly consist of repeated double hung windows, set alone or in pairs. Cladding is red brick with accents in beige brick, particularly over the window openings. The ground floor and basement are set off from the higher floors by a lighter course of brick, suggesting a belt course. In addition, fa├žade edges are emphasized by beige brick, which mimics quoining. There is a storefront on the ground level on the southeast corner and the main entrance to the apartments is on the western elevation on Minor Avenue North.

Detail for 500/502 Minor AVE / Parcel ID 2467400235 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Storefront: 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.

Photo collection for 500/502 Minor AVE / Parcel ID 2467400235 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 08, 2003
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