AKA: The Q Apartments, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA

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

Designers: Stuart and Durham, Architects (firm); Robert Lewis Durham (architect); Bertram Dudley Stuart Jr.. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1950

6 stories, total floor area: 62,670 sq. ft.

1321 Queen Anne Avenue
Queen Anne, Seattle, WA 98109

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The Seattle architectural firm of Stuart and Durham designed this six-story apartment house near the crest of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. It had a reinforced concrete frame with a brick veneer.

Building History

Originally known as the Queen Vista Apartments, later renamed "The Q Apartments," possessed studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 552 to 940 square feet. The building contained 87 units with an average size of 720 square feet in 2022.

As per King County Assessor records online, Paul B. and Joyce Birkeland transferred the deed to this property to Queen Vista Partners on 10/28/1992 for no cash. On 05/18/1998, Queen Vista Partners transferred the property back to the Birkelands for no money. On the same day, 05/18/1998, Paul and Joyce Birkeland then transferred ownership of the deed to Birkeland Family LLC for no money. In 2006, the Birkeland Family sold the property to GPP Queen Vista LLC for $16,470,100 on 11/18/2006. GPP Queen Vista LLC sold the apartment building on 10/22/2010 to Sea 1321 Queen Anne 12-B LLC for $17,850,000. Six years later, on 12/30/2016, Queen Anne 12-B LLC sold the block to The Q Apartment LLC for $26,506,500. (See King County.gov, "King County Department of Assessments Parcel Data for Parcel 173180-0740," accessed 04/05/2022.)

Building Notes

The Queen Vista Apartments were clad in red Norman brick for its exterior walls. The architects employed random ashlar WIlkeson stone to form the planting boxes outside the apartment block.

The Unit Masonry Association, Incorporated, bestowed a second place award for non-residential, brick buildings to the Queen Vista Apartments in its Puget Sound design competition of c. 1954. (See Unit Masonry Association, Incorporated, Unit Masonry Idea Book, [Seattle: Unit Masonry Association, Incorporated, c. 1954], n.p.)

In 2022, the building had its own fitness center, laundry facilities, bicycle storage, lounde, elevator, a basement parking garage, coffee bar and rooftop observation deck. The Q Apartments occupied a 22,621 (0.52-acre) site. The building contained 91,703 gross square feet, 62,670 net, and a hot water boiler heating system.