Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

Address: 630, 634 and 636 Park Avenue

Year Built: 1916

Architect: Richard Everette

Builder: Unknown

Style: Prairie

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 7/02/2008

Local architect Richard Everette embraced the key principles of the Sunlight and Air design philosophy in his plan for Selma Terrace, completed in 1916. These principles, influenced by Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City movement, were a reaction against the dark, crowded conditions of 19th century tenements. They emphasized the need for adequate lighting and ventilation in apartment dwellings.  To provide these amenities to Selma Terrace residents, the building has an L-shaped plan with the primary façade facing a courtyard. Amble windows and three-season porches allow light and air to penetrate into the individual apartments. A recent rehabilitation of the structure ensures that present day tenants continue to benefit from these humanistic touches so thoughtfully conceived by the architect.

National Register Nomination Document

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