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Summary for 231 Summit AVE / Parcel ID 2925049092 / Inv #

Historic Name: Nelson Apartments Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Georgian Revival Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1924
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 unusual small mixed-use building was designed in 1924 by architect Max Van House for George Nelson. It is locate in the bustling Olive Way corridor, which was one of the early parts of Capitol Hill to develop with a mixture of single family, apartments and commercial buildings. It was close to both the Eastlake and Broadway streetcar lines, but its natural connections to the west were altered by the construction of I-5 in the 1960s. This is a high quality and finely detailed small building combining retail or commercial uses with apartments above. It originally had two large apartments and now has four smaller units.
This two-story building is of masonry construction with a red brick exterior and terra cotta ornament. It is long and narrow, measruing 25 fet wide and 100 feet long. The terra cotta includes wide and narrow belt courses above the first story windows, wide window surrounds, plinths and capitals on the pilasters, coping on the flat parapet, and decorative medallions on the parapet. The storefront is intact, with a three-part display window with divided-light transoms. The apartment entry is unusual, with a wide arcaded corridor running along the north side of the building. Half way down is an entry to the commercial space, with a divided light wood door with a transom and wide wood surround. The apartment entry is at the end of the corridor with double doors of oak with divided lights above and paneling below. The second floor of the fa├žade has a large three-part window with a wide terra cotta surround, flanked by tall narrow windows.

Detail for 231 Summit AVE / Parcel ID 2925049092 / 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: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

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