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Summary for 4864 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 1702901070 / Inv #

Historic Name: Columbia Department Store Common Name: Columbia Gallery
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Columbia City
Built By: Year Built: 1910
This one-story frame storefront building was constructed in 1910 for a cost of $1100. H. Harlow A. Hastings, an attorney and early resident of Columbia City, owned the building. A local builder, Theodore D. Weed, constructed the building; Weed was also a resident of Columbia City and builder of at least three other buildings in the historic district. Hastings (1863-1930) was a partner with the firm of Hastings and Stedman, and practiced law in Seattle since his arrival in 1890. He resided at 3929 S. Angeline Street in Columbia City and served terms as town attorney and mayor prior to Columbia City’s annexation by Seattle in 1907. He probably had the subject building built as a speculative investment. The building has had a number of tenants over the years, including the Columbia Furniture Company, Fred Hitt Hardware and Electrical, Columbia Shoe Shop, World War I Surplus, Columbia Department Store, Rector’s Dry Goods and Women’s Store, and Rainier Office Supply. This commercial building is significant as an intact commercial building in the Columbia City historic district. Southeast Effective Development rehabilitated the building in 2004 with the approval of the Columbia City Review Committee and Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board.
This single story commercial vernacular building is of frame construction and is supported by a concrete foundation (originally a combination of post and beam and concrete block). The building is clad in clapboard siding on the north side elevation and glazed tile on the storefront. The original storefront configuration is intact, although a metal frame door and metal frame windows were added. The entrance is inset and flanked by expansive windows; transom windows are located above a metal framed canopy.

Detail for 4864 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 1702901070 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Ceramic tile, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat 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 Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Storefront: Slight
Changes to Plan: 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.
“Cake and Coffee (No Candles Please) and Many Happy Returns for Pioneer,” Seattle Times, 5/15/1969, page 37.
Hawthorne, Julian ed. History of Washington, The Evergreen State, From Early Dawn to Daylight, Vol.1, pg. 600, American Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1893.
Rainier Valley Historical Society, photo collection, item #94.01.03
Seattle Times, “Death Claims Ex-Mayor of Columbia City,” 4/24/1930.
Centennial History, Columbia City, Rainier Valley, 1853-1991, Pioneers of Columbia City. Seattle, Washington, 1992.

Photo collection for 4864 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 1702901070 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 22, 2004
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