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August 9, 2019

House in path of student housing tower nominated as landmark

Photo from report by David Peterson/Historic Resource Consulting [enlarge]
The Albert W. Bash House was built in 1908.

Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board on Wednesday nominated as a city landmark the Albert W. Bash House, which is on a University District site where student housing developer Landmark Properties plans a huge project.

The board voted 6 to 1 to nominate the 1908 house at 4238 12th Ave. N.E. Proposed for preservation are its exterior and the site.

The board will consider designating it as a landmark at a meeting at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Boards & Commissions Room L2-80 of City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave.

It voted 7-0 to deny nomination as a landmark the Benjamin S. Anderson House, built in 1901, at 4211 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.

Athens, Georgia-based Landmark Properties intends to build one seven-story and two 25-story buildings on those and neighboring properties in a project called The Standard at Seattle. Bash is on part of the site planned for high-rise.

As of March, Landmark Properties had the approximately 1.5-acre site a block south of the planned U District light rail station under contract.

Landmark did not respond to a message Thursday afternoon requesting comment.

In Seattle, the landmark nomination process is required in certain circumstances as part of getting a land use permit if a structure could meet the landmark criteria. Landmarks may be demolished only if the owner can demonstrate there is no reasonable economic use. They cannot be significantly altered without a permit from the landmarks board.

David Peterson/Historic Resource Consulting prepared landmark nomination applications for the Bash and Anderson houses at the request of The Standard at Seattle LLC.

He wrote that Bash is American Foursquare in type and features eclectic, Queen Anne style detailing on the original building mass. As early as 1910 it was used as a boarding house, and is a rooming house today. In 1914 and 1916, a two-story wing was added, and un-permitted additions were made likely in the 1950s and 1960s.

In the 1975 building inventory of the University District by Victor Steinbrueck and Folke Nyberg, the building was described as “significant to the community — special quality and character in relation to this neighborhood,” according to the application. The 2002 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Seattle Historical Sites inventory sheet for Bash does not state whether it is likely to meet Seattle landmark and National Register criteria, only that it should be inventoried.

Internos Properties LLC, governed by Douglas Baker, owns the Anderson House. Sharifah Sabah and Lina Baharain own the Bash House.

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