Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses

Designers: Berger, W.H., Building Contractor (firm); McCool, Blaine, and Associates, Architects (firm); Olsen and Ratti, Structural Engineers (firm); Shannon and Wilson, Incorporated, Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants (firm); W. H. Berger (building contractor); Blaine McCool (architect); Olsen (structural engineer); Ratti (structural engineer); William L. Shannon (civil engineer); Stanley Wilson (civil engineer)

Dates: constructed 1961

2301 West Lynn Street
Magnolia, Seattle, WA 98199

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This three-story apartment complex took advantage of the spectacular views to the south and east toward Downtown Seattle and Mount Rainier. It had a modern appearance with geometric forms and a complete lack of ornamentation. All decorative appeal was to come from the building's strucutral forms and facing materials, in this case, an arrangement of brick, stucco and cedar siding. 2301 West Lynn also had a symmetrical plan with an array of balconies positioned to enable maximum exposure to the site's majestic views.

Building History

Erected in 1961, this 16-unit apartment complex was one of many that built as investment rental properties on the hillsides of Queen Anne and Magnolia in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They were usually of modest scale and commissioned by small-scale investors. Blaine McCool, the architect of the 2301 West Lynn Street Apartments, developed a brisk practice in the 1950s desiging residences (at first) and then moving into small apartment and commercial buildings in the next decade. Olsen and Ratti collaborated with McCool as structural engineers and Shannon and Wilson worked on 2301 West Lynn as the soils engineer. W.H. Berger was the building contractor.

PCAD id: 19543