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Summary for 916 E PIKE ST E / Parcel ID 600350-0480 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: unknown Common Name: Comet Tavern
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Pike/Pine
Built By: Year Built: 1910

This three-story mixed-use building is one of the relatively few structures in the Pike/Pine corridor that has historically been residential rather than auto related.  the upper floors are now vacant and in disrepair. The storefronts accommodate several taverns and small businesses.

The Pike/Pine/Broadway vicinity became Seattle’s Auto Row shortly after the first automobile was offered for sale here in 1905.  For the next twenty years virtually all local auto dealers and numerous auto-related businesses were located here.  Nearly every building housed at least one dealership, service garage, parts dealer, paint shop or similar business.  “Auto Row” thrived with the strong economy of the 1920s.   However, the Great Depression of the 1930s led to general stagnation, and the neighborhood changed significantly after World War II.  Broadway High School closed in 1946, replaced by Edison Technical School, a vocational training institution. As the suburbs grew, most auto dealerships moved away from the congested city locations, although many parts dealers and service businesses remained.   The 1980s brought new development, as people returned to live in city neighborhoods.  Seattle Central Community College, the successor to Edison, demolished and replaced most of the old high school buildings in the 1970s.  In the past ten years the Pike/Pine corridor has developed as a residential and entertainment center with numerous apartments and businesses in new and renovated buildings like this one. 

This three-story building is of unreinforced masonry construction faced with painted brick.  It sits on the northwest corner of E. Pike Street and 10th Avenue E.  The two storefronts near the corner are relatively intact, with large 15-light transoms. The other four storefronts are altered with new windows or cladding or are boarded up.  The upper stories retain their original 10/1 wood sash, but many of them are broken.  There is a corbeled cornice between the first and second stories; the upper cornice along the parapet is missing.   

Detail for 916 E PIKE ST E / Parcel ID 600350-0480 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Plywood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Storefront: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
Williams, Jacqueline B. The Hill with a Future: Seattle's Capitol Hill 1900-1946. Seattle: CPK Ink, 2001.

Photo collection for 916 E PIKE ST E / Parcel ID 600350-0480 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 11, 2010
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