The Roy Street Apartments in Lower Queen Anne is slated for demolition to make way for a seven-story successor, but not before the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board makes a decision about the original building’s fate.

Continental Properties received clearance from the West Design Review Board to proceed with its master use application for a new 173-unit Roy Street Apartments development in late May. The project includes up to 6,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 125 below-grade parking spaces at 100 Roy St, between First and Warren Avenues North. Rooms for 172 bikes are required under zoning.

The parking garage is planned to be sited off of Warren, with building entry at Roy Street. Six retail spaces are also proposed to front Roy, as well as 4,942 square feet of public open space. Power lines will be relocated underground.

The existing four-story, 66-unit Roy Street Apartments — spread across five buildings that form an “E” shape — was constructed between 1948 and 1949, and Continental Properties contends it has no historical importance. However, the Department of Neighborhoods requires the property be nominated, so the landmarks board can make its own determination.

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination at its Sept. 4 meeting in Room L2-80 of Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. A report on the property was prepared by David Peterson Historic Resource Center.

“In the 1975 building inventory of the Queen Anne neighborhood by Victor Steinbrueck and Folke Nyberg (part of their citywide inventory project), the subject building was not identified as a building of particular significance,” according to the report. “The property is not included in the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Seattle Historical Sites database.”

The old building was designed by architect Fred Rogers and built by the Summit Corporation, owned by Ernest Pulford and James W. Griffiths. Initial rents in January 1949 ranged between $80 and $115 per month, with preference given to veterans. The report states little information could be found about Griffiths or Pulford, who appeared to be the sole owner of the Roy Street Apartments when he sold it to the S&T Corporation for $620,000 in 1964.

“In recent years, the property was owned by Sandra Tilton or David Tilton between at least 1990 (if not earlier) and 2003,” the report states. “In 2003, the property was sold by David Tilton to 100 Roy Street Apartments LLC et al., an entity which sold the property in 2018 to First and Roy LP, the current owner.”

The property sold for nearly $22 million in March 2018.

The report refers to architect Fred J. Rogers as “a poorly known Seattle architect active from the 1920s until the mid-1950s who specialized in housing.”

“In 1935, Rogers designed a home which received a great deal of news coverage not necessarily for the design,” the report states, “but because it was the first house in Washington State developed and built using Federal Housing Administration (FHA) financing. This was a Depression-era program introduced in 1934 to stimulate and stabilize the housing market.”

That home was built in Magnolia.

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