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Alexander Hamilton Apartments

The Alexander Hamilton Apartments building (1127, 1131 Olympic Way W), among a series of historic apartments along Olympic Way (Villa Franca, The Kinnear) on west Queen Anne, shows design elements of its 1930 origins.  Architect William Whitely designed the building for a productive owner, Victor Sandberg.
Whitely designed several other multi-family dwellings developed by Frederick Anhalt, including the Villa Franca.  His projects also include Anderson’s Bakery (now Macrina Bakery) on Queen Anne, constructed in 1926.

Lomita Vista

Post by Rosalie Daggett & Marga Rose Hancock
Lomita Vista, a Spanish stucco apartment building at 1208 10th Avenue West built in 1907, overlooks Kinnear Park and Elliott Bay.  Noted architect Harlan Thomas (1870-1953) designed the building — originally known as Rosita Villa Apartments — with 19 units and surrounding green space.  The building served as a home for workers at the railroad station located down the hill on Elliott Avenue at the current site of the grain terminal, with a funicular that brought them to and from work.  (Other funiculars delivered bricks for construction of Queen Anne properties.)Lomita Vista Rosita Villa


Lomita Vista 2020


West entryway

The vista from Lomita Vista

Harlan Thomas had a significant role in the design and building of structures on Queen Anne.  He developed homes for Queen Anne citizens including T. T. Barton (717 W Blaine), Frank Bayley (1235 8th W), Roy Kinnear (325 W. Prospect), Daniel B. Trefethen (1211 8th W, demolished 2018), and for his own family, the Harlan Thomas Villa (1401 8th W), pictured below / tour on Vimeo).  Thomas also designed the Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist, the Chelsea Apartments, and the Seattle Public Library Queen Anne Branch.

Black History on the Hill

Honoring Black History Month 2021, the Society recognizes some of the notable African Americans who have resided or worked on Queen Anne Hill over the years.  Among them:
Homer Harris (1916-2007), football hero, physician, community leader
Denice Johnson Hunt (1948-1994), an architect with a highly productive public practice

Others have contributed to the Queen Anne community, including
* Benjamin McAdoo (1920-1981), an activist architect whose work includes Queen Anne Pool
* Richard Norman, a Black aeronautical engineer who moved to Seattle from Mississippi and worked for Boeing, purchased the La Quinta Apartments on Capitol Hill, and in 1963 the Queen Anne Apartments.
* James Washington, Jr. (1908-2000), a successful artist whose work we see at Betty Bowen Viewpoint
Kim Turner’s Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Tour cites the presence there of suffragist Bertha Pitts Campbell (1889-1990) and Seattle City Council-member Sam Smith (1922-1995) — neither of them residents of Queen Anne while alive.
Other African Americans buried at Mt. Pleasant:
* Green Fields (1840-1914), a Civil War veteran, worked for the City of Seattle as a street cleaner.  He saved his money to purchase a modest home in the Queen Anne area.
* Leala Holden (d. 1959), jazz musician
* Ron Holden (1940-1997), “dancehall singer”
* Jerline Abair “Jeri” Ware (d. 1997), human rights activist