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Summary for 4720 CALIFORNIA AVE / Parcel ID 757920-0040 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Junction Hardware Common Name: Elliott Bay Brewery
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: West Seattle Junction
Built By: Year Built: 1932
 
Significance
This building housed Junction Hardware for more than 30 years. In 1964, it was completely altered, with a new storefront and new cladding covering the large transom windows; the tenant at that time was Capitol Loans. It was altered again in 1970. It is now occupied by a brewpub and has been restored to an appearance similar to the original, with a new storefront, entry and transom windows similar to, but somewhat different from, the original appearance.

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.

































 

 

 
Appearance
This one-story brick masonry building has a recessed center entry with two wood-and-glass doors flanked by display windows with wide wood frames. Above are two groups of four tall wood-frame transom windows The roofline is marked by a simple cornice with corbels at the corners. The rear has a loading dock and rear door.

Detail for 4720 CALIFORNIA AVE / Parcel ID 757920-0040 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Specialty store Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Storefront: 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, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 4720 CALIFORNIA AVE / Parcel ID 757920-0040 / Inv # 0


Photo taken Nov 11, 2015
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