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Summary for 124 13TH AVE / Parcel ID 0007600184 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: Baldwin Apartments
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: First Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1918

This three-story apartment building located in the Squire Park section of the Central Area was constructed in 1918. It is typical of a low-cost apartment block of its era, with no distinctive architectural decorations or features. The Yesler Way cable car line to Lake Washington opened in 1888 and by the mid -1890s both residential and commercial development along Yesler Avenue was well under way. Seattle experienced a major population growth following the 1897 Alaska Gold Rush and into the first decades of the 20th Century. Apartment development flourished from 1906 until World War I, when post-war economic difficulties slowed development until the 1920s. Much of the Central Area was predominantly Jewish before World War I and many Jewish businesses and synagogues were flourishing in the area around Yesler Way east of 10th Avenue. After World War II, most of the Jewish community moved to the Seward Park, Mercer Island and Bellevue. Also before World War II, a substantial Japanese community lived near Yesler and in Japantown several blocks to the southwest.  They owned many businesses near Yesler Way and had a number of important institutions. However, following their internment in World War II, relatively few Japanese returned to the area. Since the mid-20th century the Central Area has been particularly connected with the African-American community.


This three-story masonry apartment building is L-shaped in plan, has a flat roof with parapet and is clad in brick. The primary, west façade is symmetrically arranged with a central entry flanked by one group of paired windows with three single sash windows arranged on each side of the paired windows. A metal fire escape projects from the façade above the entry and one of the windows above the entry has an arched head. The entry, with a single door opening and small concrete stoop appears to have been rather modest originally. The door and opening have been altered and the concrete surround has been painted. All of the original windows have been replaced with vinyl sashes and the concrete lintels have been painted.

Detail for 124 13TH AVE / Parcel ID 0007600184 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: 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: L-Shape
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Intact
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Photo collection for 124 13TH AVE / Parcel ID 0007600184 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 06, 2010
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