Medieval Meets Modern

The Anhalt Apartments historic exterior.   Photo: Anhalt Apartments

Have you wondered why there’s a mini castle at the corner of 16th and East John Street in Capitol Hill? Being such a young city compared to those located out east, Seattle doesn’t have as many historic apartment buildings. But two years ago, the Anhalt Apartments at this location won a Preserving Neighborhood Character award. This was due to the building, originally built in 1931, getting a complete overhaul while preserving certain aspects of its history. The exterior features of the brick building, such as the courtyard and turreted entryway, and interior public spaces such as the spiral staircase, maintain the original late medieval/English Tudor character and the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 24 apartment interiors themselves were revamped to now meet today’s modern style. Another new, thoroughly modern building was also built in the space behind the original building to house 15 more apartment dwellers, and includes limited underground parking. (Helpful when living in a high-density area.)

Historic stairwell in entryway. Photo: Anhalt Apartments

Over 80 years ago, Fred Anhalt, a previous butcher turned designer & builder, moved from Minnesota and built a number of these castle-like structures in Seattle before the big Great Depression hit. He had wanted his multi-family rental units to really feel like a home, so included aspects such as privacy and a sense of community, and great amenities such as fireplaces, soundproofing, hand-carved wood detail, even electric dishwashers—highly unusual back then. This Anhalt Apartment building was an example of his mature work, being the 2nd to last building he completed before the economic downturn ended his company. Seattle’s AIA (American Institute of Architects) chapter posthumously awarded Mr. Anhalt an honorary membership because of his excellent residential design. The Seattle Times also ranked him among the 150 most influential people in Seattle’s history.

Two of Anhalt Historic’s remodelled rooms. Photo: Anhalt Apartments

For 40 years, the Group Health company occupied the building after that, having completely gutted the interior for conversion into offices. Then the building sat vacant for 6 years until bought and converted back to 1-2 bedroom rentals during the renovation.

Exterior and interior of Anhalt Modern building, located behind Anhalt Historic.  Photo: Anhalt Apartments

So if you’ve wondered why there are people living in a castle in your neighborhood… well, now you know.

Anhalt Historic & Modern:
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“Little Big” Yum Headed To Capitol Hill

A Portland favorite is heading our way this Spring!

Portland’s native Little Big Burger has big plans for its sister city to the north, with intentions to open several locations in the greater Seattle area, including one right here in Capitol Hill.

The Oregon chain intends to keep its delicious reputation in tact when it expands up north, featuring root beer floats made with creamy Tillamook ice cream, scrumptious truffle oil fries and their signature burgers made with 100% natural Cascade Natural Beef, stacked high and full of flavor.

All this locally sourced goodness, and with prices to boot! If you haven’t made the trip to one of the original locations in Portland, you’ve been missing out on some grade A taste and quality at incredible prices, with a savory cheeseburger coming in at under $5, including your choice of cheese, brioche bun, ¼ lb of natural beef and all the traditional toppings, Not to mention a generous portion of truffle fries for under $3!

In case you’re not sold on the exceptional quality and value of LBB, read this from their website:

“lbb burgers are made with a 1/4 lb. of cascade natural beef, brioche buns, local cheeses, fresh veggies and camden’s catsup.  everything is delivered fresh daily, and cooked to order in an open kitchen. please note that all burgers are cooked to traditional medium unless otherwise requested”!  

That’s right, not only are these burgers affordable and tasty, they are made fresh to order, with locally sourced ingredients delivered fresh daily. Unlike most burger joints, LBB offers you choices to really customize your burger, many available at no additional charge. Not a fan of cheddar? That’s cool, they’ve got swiss, chèvre, bleu or pepper jack on deck to make your burger just the way you like it. Watch the crew make your burger fresh, right in front of you in an open kitchen, well within view of the dining area. With quality, fresh ingredients, they’ve got nothing to hide.

Little Big Burger will be a perfect addition to the Capitol Hill scene, joining other burger biggies such as 8oz Burger Bar, Lil’ Woodies and LBB will be just up the street from the Japanese Burger Phenomenon Katsu Burger. The Hill seems like the perfect location for LBB to land, as it has become kind of the center of trendy dining in the city of late. But, as mentioned previously, they will be putting in locations across Seattle. They’ve even signed a lease in Green Lake, making that 2 LBB sites slated to open here this spring.

Most of the details pertaining to the Green Lake LBB location remain to be seen, but the Capitol Hill location is expected to be the PDX exports Seattle Flagship location. Coming in at about 2,500 square feet and located right on the corner of 12th and Pike (in the New Beryl Apartments) the Cap Hill location is set to be one of LBB’s biggest locations to date.

Look forward to more information about PDX’s Seattle take over and learn more about Little Big Burger here

Two New Developers Begin Apartment Construction this Summer on 14th & Republican

There is a new apartment project being planned on Capitol Hill, on the corner of 14th Ave E & E Republican Street, that is said to be for renters looking for a boutique building to live in, with retail and a great walkable score. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, new developers  John Schack and Dugan Earl have formed a development and consulting  company in the Seattle area called Revolve, and will begin construction on their first project this summer. Finding the perfect site for the proposed 35 unit 4 story apartment complex wasn’t easy. The dynamic due apparently spent 6 months analyzing  some 150 sites on Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard, Columbia City and West Seattle; all urban areas predicted to continue blossoming with renters. 14th and republican st

While they were knee deep in the search, they ran into a road block, and a big one at that. According to Schack, “once a property is listed, it’s blood in the water for piranhas.” They found themselves coming in second, and being beat to the punch when expressing interest in any given project, so they found an alternative option. They approached sites that were of interest to them that were off-market, and purchased a 10,183-square-foot Capitol Hill site in November 2011 that is soon to be the home of their first project. The building will have 33 one bedroom units, 2 studios, and 19 stalls for below ground parking, a courtyard for entertainment, and a roof top deck. For more news to come on when the project will be leasing units, visit Revolve’s news blog.