AKA: Buschmann, August, House, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Schack, Young and Myers, Architects and Engineers (firm); David John Myers (architect); James Hansen Schack Sr. (architect); Arrigo Mazzucato Young (civil engineer/mechanical engineer)

Dates: constructed 1921-1922

2 stories, total floor area: 13,500 sq. ft.

937 Harvard Avenue East
Capitol Hil, Seattle, WA 98102-4532

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B.A. Garber made his fortune in the oilfields of Oklahoma, and resettled in Seattle, WA, in 1920. He and his wife made a splash on the local real estate scene by buying a large parcel of land on Capitol Hill, north of the R.D. Merrill Mansion. The six lots that he bought fronted Harvard Avenue and Boylston Avenue North between East Aloha Street and East Prospect Street. According to a newspaper report of 08/14/1921, Garber spent at least $10,000 on the transaction. The same Seattle Times article indicated that Garber hoped to spend approximately $75,000 on this house. By 1934, a Seattle Times article reported that the Garbers had been forced to move from this house in 1932, due to financial losses. This article of 12/11/1934 indicated that the Garbers had spent $173,000 building the house about a dozen years earlier. Johan Yanks, a Swiss sailor, served as the house's caretaker during the early 1930s, overseeing the property for the mortgage holder, Puget Sound Savings and Loan Association. August Buschmann owned this residence during the mid-century.

This Tudor Revival Style house was part of the Harvard-Belmont National Historic Landmark District. It had 8 bedrooms (more than 20 in all) and occupied a lot 137 x 231 feet. The Garber House had brick facing reinforced concrete walls with stone details around windows and a slate, cross-gabled roof. The house originally had a brick wall facing Harvard Avenue, the bricks matching those of the house's walls. Two pairs of bricks posts with finials marked either entrance to the driveway.

PCAD id: 14931