De la Mar Apartments – 115 W Olympic Place

The De la Mar was built at the east end of West Olympic Place, as a private hotel for guests of George Kinnear.    It opened in 1909, in time for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

The style is neo-Classical, based on a Florentine villa that Kinnear saw on his travels.  Its formal courtyard features a pond and a marble statue.  The facade has three-story terra cotta pilasters topped by fluted capitals.  A highly ornamented frieze and cornice edge the building, topped by a terra cotta balustrade.  Windows are highly detailed.  There are 39 units, averaging over 1,000 square feet each. …Continue reading “De la Mar Apartments – 115 W Olympic Place”