The 43-unit Arbor Place apartment building will be constructed in the adjacent parking lot possibly sometime near the end of 2019.
The 43-unit Arbor Place apartment building will be constructed in the adjacent parking lot possibly sometime near the end of 2019.

The Seattle City Council last month approved the landmark status of the historic Frances Skinner Edris Nurses Home in Queen Anne, which has been home to the American Cancer Society since the 1980s.

Equinox Properties developer Brian Regan nominated the building at 2120 First Ave. N. for landmark status, with plans to develop a 43-unit apartment building in an adjacent parking lot.

The building originally housed the nurses home for the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, which later came to be known as Seattle Children’s Hospital. A new Children’s Orthopedic Hospital was constructed in 1911, and now serves as the Queen Anne Manor senior living facility.

The Fresh Air Cottage preceded it in 1908, and the Frances Skinner Edris Nurses Home was built in 1923, after the cottage was razed. It was redesigned by the original architect, A.H. Albertson, in 1928, and is a mix of Colonial and Mission Revival features.

Arbor Space LLC purchased the property from ACS for $4.2 million in 2017. The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board approved its designation on May 16, and the city council granted its approval on Dec. 18.

Regan tells Queen Anne News that the landmarked building will be restored and the interior updated when ACS moves out later this year. It will be known as Arbor Space, and continue serving non-residential uses.

The Arbor Place apartment development next door has gone through administrative design review by the West Design Review Board, and is in the final phase of the master use permit zoning and environmental review process, which Regan expects to take another 2-3 months.

Final plans will be submitted to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections after that, which could mean another 12 months before construction can start, according to Regan.

While several residents worried about the loss of street trees around the site, Regan says they will remain, and are the reason the project is called Arbor Place.

The building will be 30 feet tall, plus another 5 feet for a pitched roof, with 16 underground parking spaces. Residences will be 39 small-efficiency dwelling units and four one-bedrooms.