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Summary for 4400 NE 35th AVE NE / Parcel ID 9297301815 / Inv # SCL021

Historic Name: Norman DeMeyer Real Estate Office Common Name: Yasuko's Teriyaki/Restaurant (Avalon Substation)
Style: Commercial, Modern Neighborhood: West Seattle Junction
Built By: Year Built: 1959
This small commercial building was originally constructed in 1958-59 as an office building for a real estate business operated by Norman DeMeyer. Designed by architect George R. Peikert, the one-story structure was built on land owned by City Light adjacent to the west of the Avalon Substation. After the rectifier substation had been completed in 1954, the City leased the surplus corner lot to the realtor, Mr. DeMeyer, for the construction of his office building. This would have been an advantageous location near the prominent intersection of Fauntleroy Way SW and 35th Avenue SW. This modest structure is locally significant for its association with the commercial development of West Seattle.
Completed in 1959, this one-story commercial building is situated on a corner lot at the busy intersection of 35th Avenue SW and SW Genesee Street. The rectangular plan structure measures 35 feet by 24 feet. This commercial building has a Modern design with hints of Northwest Style influences, including a low-pitch front gable roof with wide overhangs and decorative cut rafters, an exposed wood frame, and an extensive use of glass in the window wall of the principal west elevation. The north and south end walls extend a few feet beyond the west elevation, creating a recessed area under the shallow gable roof. The blank wall at the northern end contrasts with the window wall, which fills more than half of this elevation. Vertical boards set at a diagonal to create a screen cover alternating windows within this wall. The glass entrance door lies at the northern end of the window wall. The south elevation contains a single metal sash window at the eastern end, while the north elevation features two large window openings, which are filled with modern sash. The rear east elevation presents a mostly blank wall except for a single entrance door at the far southern end and an adjacent small window. Vertical boards, which may be original, clad the building. Plywood panels cover the gable ends as well as the spandrels below the windows on the west elevation. Many of the wood elements display various levels of deterioration, reducing the physical integrity of the building.

Detail for 4400 NE 35th AVE NE / Parcel ID 9297301815 / Inv # SCL021

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Other, Vertical - Boards, Plywood Foundation(s): Concrete - Block
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 4400 NE 35th AVE NE / Parcel ID 9297301815 / Inv # SCL021

Photo taken Nov 13, 2000
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