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Summary for 5015 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 5649600133 / Inv #

Historic Name: Columbia Lumber Company Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Columbia City
Built By: Year Built: 1926
The one story frame building was constructed c.1918-20 as the office for the Columbia Lumber Company. The Columbia Lumber Company had been located one lot north, at 5001 Rainier Avenue S., since 1912. Additions were made to the building in 1926 and 1928. A lumber company remained on the site through the mid-1950s, known at various times as S.A. Foster Lumber and the Rainier Lumber Company. The frame building at 5015 Rainier Avenue S. is now a liquor store. The aubject building was built very cheaply circa 1918 as a lumber company office. It is interesting that it remains intact and outlived the lumber businesses it housed, to be used now as a retail store. It lost its architectural integrity due to successive additions over the years. It is historically significant as an extant example of an early retail use (lumber supply) once common in the Rainier Valley.
This commercial building is of wood frame construction and is supported by a post and beam foundation. The building has a rectangular plan and a front gable roof. The front gable features decorative bargeboard trim. The building is clad in board and batten siding. The fenestration consists of a large bank of windows with a door on the north end of the front elevation. Several windows are located on the side elevations but have been partially covered with plywood. The storefront has undergone extensive alterations; diagonal board siding now almost entirely covers the original storefront.

Detail for 5015 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 5649600133 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: LR
Cladding(s): Vertical - Board and Batten Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
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 Windows:
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding:
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.

Photo collection for 5015 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 5649600133 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 22, 2004
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