Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses; built works - dwellings - housing - housing for the elderly

Designers: Ankrom Moisan Architects, Incorporated (firm); McKinstry, Mechanical Contractors (firm); Turner Construction Company (firm); Stewart Ankrom (architect); Thomas Moisan (architect); Henry Chandlee Turner (building contractor/civil engineer)

Dates: constructed 2007-2009

12 stories

116 Fairview Avenue North
South Lake Union, Seattle, WA 98109

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The Portlant architectural firm of Ankrom Moisan designed his retirement living facility for Pacific Retirement Services, the first of its projected series of Mirabella retirement communities in the Western US. This prototype was completed in 2009.

Building History

This retirement community promoted its opening in a Seattle Times advertisement of 08/05/2009. It was a non-profit development, affiliated with Pacific Retirement Services, Incorporated. A typical 2-bedroom apartment with den had 1,478 square feet and 2 decks with 60 square feet each. Pacific Retirement called this project a "Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)". According to the architect's web site, "It provides all levels of senior care, including independent living, assisted living, and healthcare services. The U-shaped building, which surrounds a secure courtyard on the west side, is 12 stories tall and provides 400 living units for retirees." The tower had many amenities to attract wealthy senior renters: "In addition to the residences, the project contains common area facilities, such as a dining room, bar and lounge, auditorium, wine tasting room, library, and an exercise facility with a pool. Support services for the building include main reception lobby, marketing offices, a commercial kitchen, commercial laundry, administrative offices, and maintenance facilities. The dining room is located on the tenth floor with stunning views of Lake Union." (See Ankrom Moisan Architects, Incorporated, "Mirabella Seattle," accessed 09/12/2017.)

The building was designed to offer inhabitants a range of care-needs as their physical conditions change. The Daily Journal of Commerce stated in 2016: "This new business model utilizes portable licensing to allow for units to transition from independent living to assisted living. In order to provide residents with multiple options upon move-in, Ankrom Moisan designs unit sizes that are highly varied. Residents may start in a large unit with a full kitchen and bedroom, but can transition to a small studio unit to suit evolving needs and preferences. While patient care remains a pertinent requirement for any successful senior housing project, flexibility and adaptability are crucial within today’s senior care models. Like their approach to lifestyle and amenities, boomers demand choice and the ability to influence the delivery of their care." (See J.P. Emery and Jeremy Sutherland, Daily Journal of, "Senior Housing," published 07/28/2016, accessed 09/12/2017.)

Building Notes

The Mirabella Apartments won a Portland International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Honor Award, in the Residential Category in 2009.

Tel: 206.447.5658 (2009);


A scaffold collapsed on the side of the Mirabella apartment tower, spilling paint over the building's walls on 07/30/2008.

PCAD id: 10569