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Summary for 4915 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 1702901775 / Inv # GR005

Historic Name: The Boar's Nest/The Pink Poodle Common Name: Angie's Tavern
Style: Commercial, Vernacular Neighborhood: Columbia City
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This one-story frame commercial building was constructed circa 1905. It has been the location of several small businesses over the years. In the early teens it housed Thurlow’s Garage, the first auto repair shop in Columbia City. The Universal High Power Telephone Company, located here, sold units to amplify telephone service. The company also sold Galena radio receivers, which were forerunners of broadcast radio. Jack Monahan’s Boars Nest, located in the building for many years, was a card and pool room associated with a barber shop. The building was owned for many years by D.W. Brown, owner of Grayson and Brown Hardware and Furniture Company, a business in Columbia City. Brown also invested in real estate and owned property throughout Columbia City. During Brown’s ownership, the building was occupied by the Pink Poodle, a tavern. The subject building is significant as one of the few remaining early false front commercial buildings in the historic district.
This intact one story commercial building is of wood frame construction and is supported by a concrete foundation. The building has a rectangular plan and a front gable roof with a false front façade. The building is clad in drop siding and vertical wood siding. The central entrance is inset and is flanked by pairs of large two-over-one window. The window openings appear to be intact, although the windows were originally each a single expansive glass lower sash and a three light upper sash. The windows located in the entrance have been covered with wood siding; the door originally had a transom window above and windows to each side.

Detail for 4915 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 1702901775 / Inv # GR005

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Vertical - Boards, Wood - Drop siding 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: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.
Centennial History, Columbia City, Rainier Valley, 1853-1991, Pioneers of Columbia City. Seattle, Washington, 1992.

Photo collection for 4915 Rainier AVE / Parcel ID 1702901775 / Inv # GR005

Photo taken Mar 22, 2004
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