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 2020
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.