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Summary for 17-19 W Thomas ST W / Parcel ID 198920-1045 / Inv # UP005

Historic Name: Lannon Apartments/Buchman Hardware Common Name: The Duke Apartments
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1911
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 building is one of the few early mixed-use buildings in this portion of Lower Queen Anne (17-19 W Thomas St and 232-236 1st Ave W). Built in 1911, it has two floors of apartments above several storefronts. It has distinctive square suspended bays, typically found only in buildings of this age or older. In the 1930s it was owned by a grocer, George Lannon, with a hardware store, owned by Paul Buchman, in the other space. In the 1940s the hardware store expanded to occupy the entire first floor, and became very well known. More recently, the first floor has been occupied by a series or restaurants, as this part of the neighborhood has turned more to business and office use than residential. The upper two floors are still apartments, originally called the Lannon Apartments. They are now called the Duke Apartments, after a former restaurant in the building.
This three-story building has brick cladding on the two upper stories with stucco on the first floor. The stepped parapet has two gables on the north elevation, above a deep cornice with an egg-and-dart pattern. The west elevation has twin two-story square suspended bays; the second floor has tripartite double-hung windows, while the third floor bays have a large fixed pane sash in the middle (these may be replacements). Between the two bay windows, on each floor, are two tripartite double-hung windows and, in the middle, an external fire escape of black wrought iron. French doors open onto the fire escape landings and the ladder pierces the cornice to reach the roof. The storefronts have been slightly modernized, but retain their original configuration with recessed entries, stucco bulkheads and transoms (some covered). The north elevation also has two suspended square bays. One, toward the west, is only on the third floor. The second bay is similar to those on the west side, but is topped with a gabled roof and supported by simple brackets. Just east of this bay is the entrance to the apartments, also with a gabled hood. Windows on this side are one-over-one double-hung sash, as are those on the other two elevations.

Detail for 17-19 W Thomas ST W / Parcel ID 198920-1045 / Inv # UP005

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
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.

Photo collection for 17-19 W Thomas ST W / Parcel ID 198920-1045 / Inv # UP005

Photo taken Nov 20, 2001
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