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Summary for 4529 CALIFORNIA AVE / Parcel ID 338990-0055 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Sherwin-Williams Paint/West Seattle Bakery Common Name: Wild Rose's/Capers/Azuma/Zamboanga
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: West Seattle Junction
Built By: Year Built: 1924

This building, constructed in 1924, is associated with early development of the West Seattle Junction business district. The southern storefronts retain much their original character, but the northern ones have been greatly altered, beginning in 1953. The building hags housed numerous businesses including the West Seattle Bakery and Dairy (1924-1950s), a Sherwin-Williams paint store, Ross Furniture, Preservative Paint Company and Fred Egge Appliances.

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.



The southern part of this one-story masonry building has a distinctive façade with original arched transom windows and pent roofs. The southerly storefront has a recessed entry flanked by wood-frame display windows below a red clay barrel tile roof. The other storefront has a modern metal and glass door and display windows with asphalt shingles on the pent roof; below the windows is ceramic tile cladding.  Cladding is primarily rough stucco with wood shingles on the rear façade.  One of the northern storefronts has an angled storefront with large display windows surrounded by ceramic tile cladding. Above the windows is concrete cladding. The concrete continues above the northernmost store, which has double doors, large aluminum-frame windows and a narrow Roman brick bulkhead. There is a rear addition of concrete block with a steel sash window.

Detail for 4529 CALIFORNIA AVE / Parcel ID 338990-0055 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Roman, Ceramic tile, Concrete - Block, Shingle, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Clay Tile, Asphalt/Composition-Shingle, Asphalt/Composition-Rolled
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Specialty store Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Storefront: Extensive
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 4529 CALIFORNIA AVE / Parcel ID 338990-0055 / Inv # 0

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