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Summary for 308 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 5247801370 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: Downtowner Apartments
Style: Beaux Arts - Neoclassical Neighborhood: International District
Built By: Year Built: 1910
This large nine story apartment building was constructed in circa 1910 as a residential hotel. It is a relatively intact and good example of a Beaux Arts style residential hotel building of the early 20th Century. It is located in an area that was historically Seattle's Japantown commercial district and is part of the International Special Review District. It is located outside of the Chinatown National Register Historic District, where similar residential hotels can be found.

The Chinatown National Register District includes twenty-six historic hotels known as single room occupancy workers’ hotels. These were built to house the many Asian men that came to work in the lumber, mining, railroad and other industries. The extant hotel buildings make up the largest category of historic building types in the NR district. (Kreisman, 1986).

Additional Sources:

Kriesman, Lawrence. “Seattle Chinatown Historic District,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form. 1986.


Detail for 308 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 5247801370 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: District District Status:
Cladding(s): Ceramic tile, Other, Terra cotta Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Hotel Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Steel No. of Stories: nine
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Ethnic Heritage
Changes to Plan: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Storefront: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

Photo collection for 308 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 5247801370 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 06, 2007

Photo taken Apr 06, 2007
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