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Property Watch: A Cute and Stately Co-op by Cal Anderson Park

Thoughtful maintenance meets original cabinetry in this former part-time art gallery.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd September 8, 2021

Image: Ben Israel

This one-bedroom corner unit in the Lorington co-op is spacious enough to be an art gallery—and for a couple of years, it was. Once a month during the Capitol Hill Art Walk, for two years, it became Streetlight Arts, hanging small collections of visual works for visitors.

It’s easy to see how a home under 1,000 square feet managed to fit a rotating door of art enthusiasts: Its classic floor plan with formal spaces built for entertaining has been perfectly preserved. The nine-foot ceilings and ground-floor location don’t hurt, either.

Image: Ben Israel

The Lorington, built in 1909, is stately from the jump, with the brickwork and terra-cotta ornaments typical of the era. But through its leaded-glass double doors, the look keeps going. It’s not unusual for units to have pretty much the same layout they started with, and this one is no exception. The front door opens to a foyer and hallway with easy access to both the kitchen and dining area. The living and dining rooms are separate, but cohesive, with only a wide cased opening to separate them—making the area seem bigger while still carving out two distinct rooms. It also gives them both full access to the windows wrapping around the northeast corner.

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Despite some extremely modern (and very utilitarian and Ikea) cabinetry, the kitchen still manages to hold onto an original built-in, complete with iceboxes. There aren’t any doors between it and the rest of the circle of entertaining spaces, offering plenty of room to move around.

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Pop into the bathroom for some more original built-in cabinetry and chair rail that stuck around through various updates, including a recent plumbing upgrade. Opposite, the bedroom has a decent closet and room for a king-size bed.

Plenty of original millwork is intact throughout, including bold trim around the windows and doorways. Most of the doors even still have antique knobs in crystal and brass.

Image: Ben Israel

Light-touch preservation seems to be a theme with this building. As gorgeous as it is, the brick in these old structures can be a little worrisome—and fortunately, this one had a significant amount of maintenance done just two years ago. The unit still has a vintage radiator that distributes heat from a brand-new central broiler. (These updates do not, unfortunately, include private laundry.)

Image: Ben Israel

As cute as the apartment is, the location is pretty unbeatable, too: Right across from Cal Anderson Park with easy access to the adjacent light rail station.

Listing Fast Facts

1107 E Denny Way, Unit A8
Size: 720 square feet, 1 bedroom/1 bath
List Date: 9/3/2021
List Price: $355,000 /
$651 monthly HOA dues include property tax
Listing Agent:
Donna A Walsh/Lake & Company

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