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Summary for 536 1st AVE / Parcel ID 76662066859 / Inv #

Historic Name: Kaufman Warehouse Common Name: Sluggers/ Chippers Restaurant; Sneakers
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
Built By: Year Built: 1910
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
Now “Sluggers” bar (and “Sneakers” in the late 1980s), the building was formerly the Kaufman Warehouse. Jacob Kaufman commissioned the one-story building with the intention of adding three floors. The warehouse was designed by architect W. P. White and completed in 1910. W. P. White was an active architect in his day, from 1902 to 1922. He designed many apartment buildings and hotels in Seattle, including the Kinnear Apartments (1907-08), the Astor Hotel (1909) and the Calhoun Hotel (1909-10). The contractor was F. G. Combs. The diminutive seventeen and a half foot width of the building relates to the fact that this was previously the location of a railroad spur that had run through this site since before 1893. This appears to be the very railroad spur that originally made the location of the mammoth warehouse just to the north, now the Florentine Apartments, so desirable.
This is a one story building with a reinforced concrete structure. It has a flat roof with parapet. It is very narrow, 17 ½ feet fronting on the street (by 150 feet), and appears as a diminutive structure. It is located to the south of the Florentine Apartments at 504-538 First Avenue South. Its west façade included large display windows and a door with transoms at the ground level. The mezzanine level, multi-pane transom, the terra cotta frame and sign band are original and still extant. The east elevation has been extensively altered.

Detail for 536 1st AVE / Parcel ID 76662066859 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Concrete, Terra cotta Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Warehouse Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Manufacturing/Industry, Transportation
Storefront: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
Ochsner, Jeffrey and Dennis Andersen. Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and The Legacy of H. H. Richardson. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2004.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfiche Library.
Krafft, Katheryn Hills. “Pioneer Square – Skid Road Historic District (Boundary Increase),” submitted 15 December 1987 and approved 6 May 1988.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 29 May 1910.

Photo collection for 536 1st AVE / Parcel ID 76662066859 / Inv #

Photo taken Jul 26, 2004
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