Anhalt Apartments – 1320 Queen Anne Ave

Fred Anhalt, Seattle’s best known apartment builder, designed 1320 Queen Anne Avenue in his more typical Tudor style. Anhalt aimed to be different from other developers by creating large individualized units that people could consider permanent homes. He particularly wanted to avoid the long hallways that he said reminded him of tenements. His “apartment homes” were refuges distinguished by their size, quality detailing, landscaping and charm, built for people who did not want to own property, but could afford the best.

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His most typical styles were Tudor and Norman French courtyard apartments, which became very popular. They featured such details as leaded or stained glass, turrets, fireplaces, beamed ceilings, and elaborate brickwork. Anhalt considered a nice view important, home, so he developed attractive courtyards as a practical way to achieve this pleasant outlook: “I could make things look the way I wanted them to, that way, which is hard to do when you’re dealing with a view of Mount Rainier or Puget Sound.” The typical approach was through a landscaped courtyard, with entrances leading to two or three units. The plantings and privacy make going home a pleasant transition from the outside world. …Continue reading “Anhalt Apartments – 1320 Queen Anne Ave”

Montanita Apartments – 1012 Queen Anne Ave N

Montanita Apartments
Montanita Apartments

The Montanita was constructed in 1913, with a deep, narrow entry courtyard. This building was first called the Heidelberg, but the name was quickly changed during World War I. It was one of the area’s larger buildings, with 23 units of 759 square feet.