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Summary for 621 W Galer ST W / Parcel ID 173280-1350 / Inv #

Historic Name: Sagamore Apartments Common Name: Queen View Apartments
Style: Colonial - Georgian Revival Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1917
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 four-story apartment building is notable as one of the larger old apartment buildings on Upper Queen Anne, with 31 units. It is also unusually detailed, with extensive terra cotta and lead windows. It was designed in 1917 by William P. White and built by contractor C. L. Williams. White had earlier designed the Kinnear apartments on West Olympic Way. The original owner, however, is not legible on the building permit. During the first decades of the 20th century apartments mushroomed on Queen Anne, to accommodate the vast influx of new arrivals, many of whom were young singles. In the years following the 1897 Klondike gold rush the city grew dramatically, doubling between 1890 and 1900 and nearly tripling again by 1910, to 237,194. Also in this period (1903-11) the western half of Denny Hill to the south was sluiced into Elliott Bay, opening up access to Queen Anne.
This four-story red brick building has a prominent cornice and dentilled frieze of terra cotta. The entry at the center of the north façade has an elaborate terra cotta surround with a gabled pediment. The water table and belt courses between the first and second and the third and fourth floors are also of terra cotta, as are the prominent lintels with keystones above the second floor windows. Windows are six-over-one double-hung sash, arranged mostly in pairs on the front and rear elevations. The center third of the main façade is recessed a few feet, forming a very shallow U-shape. The east and west elevations each have two projecting wood-clad bays, on the second through the fourth stories; each bay has three six-over-one windows on each floor. There is an external brick chimney on the east elevation.

Detail for 621 W Galer ST W / Parcel ID 173280-1350 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Steel No. of Stories: four
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 621 W Galer ST W / Parcel ID 173280-1350 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 29, 2004
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