1600 East John Street, SeattleAn Anhalt Apartment BuildingLandmark Nomination
BOLA Architecture + Planning
“What made Anhalt's buildings succeed is not their particular style or size, orcomplexity. It is the style of living encouraged therein -- the creation, through design,of an enclosed community that, while it relates to the street and neighborhood, alsoprovides a common green, an outdoor living room that is the sole province of thetenants.” - Lawrence Kreisman
This landmark nomination report on the apartment building at 1600 East John Street was undertakenat the request of the property developer, Anhalt Apartment LLC. The company is proposingrehabilitation of the building and an addition on the north side for the property owner, a local investorinterested in a long-term hold for a family trust. This document is being provided in advance of thedesign reviews and permit process to determine the building’s historic status.The City of Seattle’s landmarks ordinance requires a property to be at least 25 years old and meetspecific criteria in order to be designated a landmark. The apartment building at 1600 East John Streetwas constructed in 1930 and is 82 years old. Although it was remodeled for office use by GroupHealth Cooperative, and served as such from 1969 until recently, the building has been wellmaintained and has adequate architectural and historical integrity to meet the threshold standards of the local landmarks ordinance.This report includes data about the property, a historic context statement, and an architecturaldescription. The context statement in this report focuses primarily on historic themes and events,including the development of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the life and work of designer/builderFred Anhalt, a summary of apartment building construction in Seattle, and the courtyard apartmentbuilding type. The architectural description addresses the property site and building, along with asummary of the building’s Tudor Revival stylistic features and changes that have been made to it overtime. A bibliography is provided at the end of the report, followed by historic and contemporaryimages and a site plan.
BOLA Principal Susan Boyle, AIA, undertook preliminary research on the building for brief consultation with the prospective owner’s development team in January 2012. Additional researchfor the landmark nomination report was undertaken in May and June 2012, and the report prepared in