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Tate Mason House

The Tate Mason House is located in Seattle, Washington's historic First Hill community, a central neighborhood near hospitals, medical facilities, downtown shopping, and restaurants. This urban neighborhood also has a variety of multifamily residential, single-family residential, and commercial/retail buildings. It is in close proximity to downtown Seattle, two college campuses, city parks, and art museums. The mixed community draws residents of all ages from seniors to students.

The Tate Mason House wraps around a large, southwest facing courtyard. The lobby is adjacent to a spacious communal living room that opens onto the courtyard for indoor/outdoor use. The 97 studios and one-bedroom apartments share a sitting nook on each of the four residential floors, which overlooks the courtyard. Details and massing of the Art Deco-inspired facade reinforce the urban character of this site, and complement the quality and scale of nearby buildings.

The Tate Mason House was constructed on land owned by Virginia Mason Hospital and had previously been used as a parking lot. In exchange for this valuable piece of urban land, the developer provided parking below the residential units in a structured parking lot to replace the parking that was originally on the parcel.


Source: Design Matters: Best Practices in Affordable Housing, City Design Center at the University of Chicago.