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Summary for 2230 7th AVE / Parcel ID 0660000345 / Inv #

Historic Name: Bob Murray's Dog House Common Name: Hurricane Café
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Denny Triangle
Built By: Year Built: 1940
This simple masonry building was constructed in 1940, one of the earlier substantial buildings in the vicinity. The area of the last Denny Regrade (1929-30), east of Fifth Avenue, was promoted as “the city’s coming apartment zone,” but it was completed just as the Depression began and came to be occupied primarily by low-density uses such as auto dealerships. This building was originally a retail store, General Paints, but was altered for Clark's Restaurant in 1954. A few years later, in 1958, it became Bob Murray's Dog House, which moved a few blocks from Denny and Aurora. It became one of the Seattle's best-known and longest-lived casual restaurants, with the clock above the entry saying "time to eat" and the motto "All roads lead to the Dog House. The Dog House closed in 1994 and was replaced by the Hurricane Cafe.
This building has unusual cladding, primarily Roman brick (painted) with corrugated metal above the windows. Pilasters on the front are covered with a mosaic of round ceramic tiles of random size, color and location. The itnerior retains many of its original 1950s features, including galss block.

Detail for 2230 7th AVE / Parcel ID 0660000345 / Inv #

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Ceramic tile, Concrete, Metal Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Restaurant Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Block No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.

Photo collection for 2230 7th AVE / Parcel ID 0660000345 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 18, 2007
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