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Summary for 1736 Belmont AVE / Parcel ID 8804900635 / Inv #

Historic Name: Granada, The Common Name: Granada, The
Style: Beaux Arts - Neoclassical Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1923
 
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.
The Granada was designed in 1922-23 by John Creutzer for L. C. Troughton, an attorney (permit #214730). It has 96 apartments, averaging 625 square feet. It was one of the larger and more imposing buildings on Capitol Hill when it was built at the beginning of the 1920s construction boom. The city's population had increased dramatically in previous decades, and prosperity encouraged developers to meet the pent-up demand for housing. Apartments, ranging from basic housing to luxury units, were a significant factor in meeting this need, and became a major element of the streetscape in many Seattle neighborhoods. This area had easy streetcar access to downtown and became popular with developers and tenants alike, growing to be one of the most densely developed areas of the city at that time.. Architect John Creutzer designed many apartment buildings in this vicinity. He arrived in Seattle in 1906 after practicing in Minneapolis and Spokane. He worked for contractor Alexander Pearson and architect-contractor Henderson Ryan. Creutzer designed the Swedish Tabernacle (1906) and the Medical-Dental Building (1927, with A. H. Albertson). He died in 1928.
 
Appearance
The Granada has an L-shaped plan, with a large light well in the rear. It is of steel and masonry construction with red brick veneer and extensive terra cotta ornamentation. It is six stories in height, plus a daylight basement. The entry is deeply recessed, with marble stairs and dark oak doors with a leaded glass transom and sidelights. The lobby also has marble flooring and wainscoting. The terra cotta entry surround has a round arch with a keystone and twisted rope ornament. Above are the words "The Granada" incised into the terra cotta below a cornice with dentils and topped by anthemions. The terra cotta cornice is notable, with dentils and pairs of large curved brackets. Other terra cotta includes sills below, and labels, above each window, keystones on the basement windows, a wide water table and a belt course below the top story. Windows are one-over-one sash, arranged in pairs.

Detail for 1736 Belmont AVE / Parcel ID 8804900635 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Steel No. of Stories: six
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 1736 Belmont AVE / Parcel ID 8804900635 / Inv #


Photo taken May 11, 2006

Photo taken May 11, 2006
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