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Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939

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The 1900 edition of Polk's Seattle City Directory listed four apartment buildings. By 1939, that number had grown to almost 1,400. This study explores the circumstances that prompted the explosive growth of this previously unknown form of housing in Seattle and takes an in-depth look at a large number of different apartment buildings, from the small and simple to the large ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published November 7th 2011 by McFarland & Company (first published October 24th 2011)
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Booth Babcock
Feb 05, 2012 Booth Babcock rated it liked it
Fun book...I am very interested in the history of my neighborhood, and James' book is very detailed and well researched. However, had a couple of significant, not enough pictures, and the pics she did use were not always useful. But I could live with that...the huge flaw is NO MAPS. The book talks about an entire census of historic buildings, but never actually shows you where they are (anyone who lives in Seattle knows the addresses are not always very useful here).

Still, I would re
Jun 27, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
I just moved to Seattle and into one of the buildings in this book, so was eager to read about the history of early apartments - and get a bit of Seattle history as well. There was a lot of really interesting material in the book, and some then-and-now photos which were fascinating to see. I loved the descriptions of how these apartments were utilized in the very early 20th century. Reviews of census data were really interesting to get a sense of how many people were sharing these spaces at the ...more
Troy Heerwagen
Jan 10, 2012 Troy Heerwagen rated it liked it
Very interesting insight into the historical apartment buildings that have provided so many Seattlites with homes for so many years. Provides information on numerous different apartment buildings. I read about the ones in my neighborhood and that I recognized, but skipped over some of the others. I specifically enjoyed the beginning that talked about how the rental market was different in the early 1900s.
May 04, 2013 Wally rated it it was amazing
Excellent history of Seattle apartment buildings, the original need for them (economic and social), their designers and builders, and their tenants. I really enjoyed seeking out places I have visited or wondered about from afar.
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