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Summary for 4444 CALIFORNIA AVE / Parcel ID 095200-6225 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Greive Law Office Common Name: Coastline Burgers
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: West Seattle Junction
Built By: Year Built: 1942

This building, constructed in 1942, is associated with World War II-era development of the West Seattle Junction business district. This small building has housed a variety of insurance and real estate businesses and the law offices of Bob Greive (1919-2004), who served West Seattle as a state senator and county councilman member for more than 40 years. It is currently a hamburger restaurant. It has been altered with a new façade.

The Junction, West Seattle's primary commercial district, acquired its name in 1907 when a new street car line on California Avenue SW was extended south to Fauntleroy Park, crossing the Admiral streetcar line at SW Alaska Street. West Seattle, incorporated as a city in 1902, had built the Admiral line--the nation’s first municipally-owned streetcar line. At first, the Junction was just a swamp with a few real estate offices, but in 1907 West Seattle voted to be annexed to Seattle. Enhanced transportation and new amenities, accompanied by heavy promotion, encouraged a real estate boom, with new residents rapidly buying lots and building homes. Jefferson School opened in 1912, and had to be expanded in 1917. The 1920s brought significant growth, with major stores such as Ernst Hardware, Bartell Drugs, a J. C. Penney department store and two "five and dimes"--Woolworth's and Kress. Although development slowed during the Depression, the proximity of defense industries brought many new residents during World War II.  The Junction thrived into the 1950s with several modern retail buildings and larger stores. By the 1980s, however, competition from shopping malls made the Junction's stores less competitive. J.C. Penney left in 1987 and many other retailers selling common items such as clothing closed, generally replaced by restaurants, bars and service businesses. In 1985, a large retail/office/residential project was built on the former site of Jefferson Elementary School. In the early 1990s, the City of Seattle adopted a comprehensive plan that focused growth in "urban villages," including the Junction. By 2010, numerous single-story buildings were being replaced by six-story mixed-use structures with underground parking, significantly changing the district’s character.




This one-story wood frame building has a newer entry and windows on the main façade, with vertical board cladding on the front and rear. The south elevation is clad with used bricks and has original windows with horizontal mullions. There is a front patio for outdoor dining.

Detail for 4444 CALIFORNIA AVE / Parcel ID 095200-6225 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Vertical - Boards Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Professional Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Politics/Government/Law
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
West Seattle Herald. West Side Story, 1987.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1910-1948.

Photo collection for 4444 CALIFORNIA AVE / Parcel ID 095200-6225 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 10, 2016
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