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Summary for 133 Pontius AVE / Parcel ID 2468400070 / Inv #

Historic Name: Apartment Bldg for J M Brewster Common Name: The Brewster
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Cascade
Built By: Year Built: 1916
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).
The building was designed by Warren H. Milner in 1916 for “J.M. Brewster, Esquire.” Its careful but lively composition and its use of simple materials, dark clinker and light brick and window detailing, create a delicately balanced whole. This building is an especially pleasing example of early Seattle architecture and has definite architectural significance. Its architect, Warren Milner was an architect of some prominence in his day, and had a partnership in the 1910s with Edwin Ivey, who was a mentor and associate of Elizabeth Ayer, the University of Washington architecture school’s first female graduate.
Rectangular in plan, the Brewster is a three story apartment building with a basement and a flat roof with parapet. It is clad in dark clinker brick with belt courses, thin horizontal bands and accents in lighter beige brick. Its two entrance elevations, one on Pontius and the other on Minor Avenue North, facing east and west respectively, are symmetrical in composition and almost identical, with minor differences in window placement in the central bay. On east and west elevations, a central entrance bay is flanked by large rectangular windows on the first and second floors and windows of the same width, topped by segmental arches on the third floor. On the east elevation (Pontius Ave. N.) the central bay consists of a wide rectangular entrance, accentuated by a deep course of beige brick below the second floor window, the second floor window itself and then, on the third floor, a window which runs from below the third floor belt course and is topped by a segmental arch. The portion of the window corresponding to the segmental arch is divided into about 22 small panes, mostly square. On the Minor Avenue side, the top window is placed well below the third floor belt course and does not line up with the two flanking windows. The longer elevations facing north and south also combine rectangular and arched window openings. Here, similar windows in smaller and bigger sizes, with rectangular and arched openings are organized in pairs in an alternating pattern. (It follows a pattern of A BA ABA BA, with A representing a wider rectangular or arched window opening and B two smaller paired rectangular windows).

Detail for 133 Pontius AVE / Parcel ID 2468400070 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick, Brick - Clinker Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Pavilion
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Photo collection for 133 Pontius AVE / Parcel ID 2468400070 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 29, 2003
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