According to a Seattle Times article of 10/01/1950, work was set to begin on the Queensborough Apartments on 10/02/1950 and was projected to last 10 months. The Seattle architectural firm of Grainger, Thomas and Baar produced the design for V.O. Stringfellow, President of the Queensborough Development Company, Incorporated. The Seattle Times described the new building's purpose: "Stringfellow said the apartments were designed primarily to appeal to business couples and to rent as reasonably as possible." It is not clear what "business couples" meant; Stringfellow would have been ahead of his time if he envisioned his building accommodating two-income families single families.
The Times article described the Queensborough's layout: "The building, L-shaped, will be of reinforced concrete construction with exterior 'hone' finish. There will be eight stories above ground and three stories underground. The three-floor basement will be used for a 96-car garage, cold-storage lockers and laundry facilities." A rooftop was included in the original plans.