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Summary for 4861 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 1702900845 / Inv #

Historic Name: Nelson's Butcher Shop Common Name: Bob's Quality Meats
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Columbia City
Built By: Year Built: 1892
This small two story frame false-front commercial building is one of the earliest in the historic district. Constructed in 1892, it has served as a butcher shop since 1909. The building was owned by Charles W. Nelson, a butcher who had previously operated a meat market in Hillman City. Bob’s Quality Meats, the current business, has been located there since the 1970s. Robert (Bob) Ackley bought the business from Richard (Butch) Nelson, Charles W. Nelson’s son. The second story of the building has traditionally been residential. The subject building is significant as one of the oldest structures in the historic district. It has retained its architectural integrity and its original use as a butcher shop, and has remained unaltered since its construction in 1892.
This two-story commercial vernacular building is of frame construction, with a rectangular plan, and is supported by a concrete foundation. The building has a front gable roof with a tiered false front façade and narrow cornice. The building is clad asbestos shingle siding. The fenestration consists of the original one-over-one single hung windows. The single storefront consists of an offset door flanked by large windows. The storefront has transom windows below an angled metal canopy. Although resided, the building remains intact in form, fenestration, and storefront configuration.

Detail for 4861 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 1702900845 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Specialty store Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce
Storefront: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Intact
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.
Centennial History, Columbia City, Rainier Valley, 1853-1991, Pioneers of Columbia City. Seattle, Washington, 1992.
King County Tax Assessment Rolls, Washington State Archives.
Interview, Jim Ackley, owner of Bob’s Meats, April 1, 2004.

Photo collection for 4861 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 1702900845 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 22, 2004
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