“Queen Anne is fighting the battle of whether graceful old homes shall be replaced with high-rises. What high-rises really mean is high density living. Economics will force high-rises. It is a matter of when.” –John S. Murray, State Representative and Queen Anne News publisher, quoted in Seattle Daily Times (Woodward 1968)
The architect of the Victoria Apartments, John Graham, Sr., was noted for his “appropriate and sensitive use of historic and modern architectural styles and his eye for proportion and nuance of ornament.”
The building cost $600,000 when it was built in 1921 in a Tudor Revival style, in red brick with terra cotta ornament. It occupies an entire block at the crest of the hill with panoramic views of the city and Elliott Bay. The U-shaped building surrounds a vast terraced lawn (recently re-designed), which allows residents to not only enjoy the water view but to have garden views from virtually every window and a greater sense of privacy from the street. It also provides an important amenity to the neighborhood, providing open space, light and attractive plantings. …Continue reading “Victoria Apartments – 100-120 West Highland Dr”→
There are two Historic Context Statements about Queen Anne. One covers the period to 1962. The second commissioned by the Queen Anne Historical Society covers the period from 1963 to 2012. It was funded by a generous grant from 4Culture.
Historical Context Statements are called out by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation as the basic tool underpinning individual and historic district landmark nominations either to local registers or the National Register of Historic Places. …Continue reading “Historic Context Statements”→
Designed by Charles Bebb and Louis Mendel, is one of Seattle’s largest and has both architectural and historic significance. The original owner, Harry Whitney Treat, came to Seattle around 1903 arriving, it is rumored, as the richest man in town. He was heavily involved in local business activities and real estate. His developments in North Seattle include Loyal Heights (named for his daughter), Sunset Hill and much of Blue Ridge. Treat built this 64-room house as his in-city retreat, at the tremendous 1905 cost of $101,000. …Continue reading “Harry W Treat House – 1 W Highland Dr”→