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 appears to meet the registration requirements established in the National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Listing, Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900–1957, for a low-rise apartment block.
This Tudor Revival style multi-family building is in the Uptown neighborhood and is known as the Dalmasso Apartments.
Mary and Domenic Dalmasso owned the site from 1920 through 1939. In 1928 Domenic Dalmasso posted an advertisement in The Seattle Daily Times (December 2, 1928, pg 52) offering cash for hotel or apartment buildings. The couple had previously sold a commercial building at 2324 First Avenue in 1923. Domenic was also arrested in 1922 in a police raid for liquor law violation and gambling at 1012 Nob Hill Avenue.
The building permit for construction (294161) of the Dalmasso Apartments was issued in 1930. Construction value was estimated at $50,000. There are no newspaper or Polk directory advertisements for renting rooms from 1930 through 1933. The first newspaper advertisement is a 1934 newspaper advertisement listed Mrs. W. B. Shanafelt as the manager. The building was advertised as “new and modern two and three room apartments. Furnished and unfurnished.”
Mary Dalmasso was born ca. 1905 in Washington and by 1935 lived at 26 Harrison in the Dalmasso Apartments. Mary completed three years of college. Mary was married to Domenic Dalmasso, born ca. 1882 in Italy.
Hiroshi Ito owned the building by 1954 and lived there through 1967. Polk directories listed the building from 1935 through 1975 as the Dalmasso Apartments; it was not listed prior to 1935. The street car turned from First Avenue N left onto Harrison Street at this location.
‘Thirteen Arrested for Gambling and Booze.’ Seattle Daily Times, September 09, 1922: 4.
Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04379; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 40-190
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed., Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Guide to the Architects (Seattle, University of Washington Press: 2014), 2nd edition.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938–1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890–1996.
Seattle Daily Times, November 24, 1922: 23.
Seattle Daily Times, October 28, 1923: 53.
‘Dalmasso.’ Seattle Daily Times, November 11, 1934: 39.