AKA: Seattle First Methodist Homes, Incorporated, Bayview Manor, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA; Bayview Retirement Community, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - housing - housing for the elderly

Designers: Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers (firm); John Graham Jr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1959-1960

10 stories, total floor area: 197,000 sq. ft.

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11 West Aloha Street
Queen Anne, Seattle, WA 98119

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Building History

Seattle architectural firm, John Graham and Company designed this 10-story, 261-unit retirement facility for Seattle 1st Methodist Home, Incorporated. From the exterior, the building resembled a contemporary hotel, a building type that the Graham firm had had significant experience designing since the 1920s. In 1963, Bayview Manor operated with a staff of 80 full-time and part-time workers.

In 1970, the Graham firm summarized its experience building elder care living towers: "Since 1961 the Graham organization has helped a number of groups organize and develop apartment residences for senior citizens. Seven projects have been completed, including the 256 unit Bayview Manor in Seattle and the 290 unit Arcadia, in Honolulu. Each building contains a variety of public rooms, dining facilities, and a convalescent wing with extensive medical equipment. These self-supporting residences permit older persons to remain in their own communities in apartments carefully designed to create a residential atmosphere." (See John Graham and Company Architects Planners Engineers [Seattle: John Graham and Company, c. 1970], n.p.)

Building Notes

Designed in a tri-partite, hen's-foot plan, Bayview Manor contained 128 single rooms, 50 doubles, and 34 more self-contained, "1 1/2 units." The last type lacked housekeeping services, but had full kitchens with all-electric appliances. The complex also included a 28-bed nursing unit, that could be expanded to 46 beds, two dining rooms--a large one holding 230, and a smaller one for 30--a rooftop guest apartment, infirmary, library, chapel, auditorium, social room, 11 lounges (most 400 square feet in size), a rooftop solarium, laundry, craft room, woodworking shop, a croquet court, and shuffleboard courts. The building had parking accommodations for 92 vehicles, 68 for residents, 24 for guests. Bayview cost $3.6 million to build, exclusive of furnishings. A donor provided the site for no cost.

PCAD id: 19445