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Summary for 3240 Eastlake AVE / Parcel ID 1959703120 / Inv # EA003

Historic Name: Skewe's Furniture Common Name: The Martello
Style: Other Neighborhood: Eastlake
Built By: Frederick Anhalt (remodel) Year Built: 1916
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This is one of Eastlake's most significant buildings, with its distinctive Norman French appearance and location at the northern gateway of the community. It is also significant for its architectural history. The building was built in 1916, as a single family home. In the 1920s it was remodeled into a furniture store by Frederick Anhalt, one of Seattle's most prominent apartment developers of the 1920s. Anhalt was renowned for his use of the Norman French and Tudor styles, which is evident in his work here. The store was originally Skewe's Furniture, and was later a tavern, Rapunzel's, for many years. The apartments were called Lake Union Court Apartments in the 1950s and are now known as The Martello. The building has recently been renovated and is now a condominium.
This stucco-clad building is three stories high with very steep gable roofs and a prominent Norman French hexagonal turret at the southwest corner. At the south end of the main (west) elevation is a three-story gabled section with an oriel window and an arched doorway. The steep roof has two shed dormers on the front. The main commercial entry is through arched doorways at the base of the turret. The apartment entry is to the east on the north elevation. Significant detailing is found throughout, with pointed-arch windows and multipane sash. The glass-enclosed restaurant area on the main elevation extends out from the three story mass of the building, between the two towers. The rear elevation, on the east, has been somewhat modernized with newer windows, two small balconies and several small skylights.

Detail for 3240 Eastlake AVE / Parcel ID 1959703120 / Inv # EA003

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Wood - Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Commerce
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Kreisman, Lawrence. Apartments by Anhalt. Seattle: Kreisman Exhibit Design, 1978.

Photo collection for 3240 Eastlake AVE / Parcel ID 1959703120 / Inv # EA003

Photo taken Aug 07, 2001
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