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Summary for 2122 14th AVE / Parcel ID 1498301020 / Inv # BH002

Historic Name: none Common Name: Asian Express
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: North Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1928
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This is one of the relatively few apartment/commercial buildings on Beacon Hill, and one of the most intact. Located close to a streetcar line, it was built in 1928, a period of strong multifamily development throughout Seattle. The building is unusually ornate for the area, with leaded glass windows, decorative brickwork and a stepped parapet. The original four-car garage remains in the rear. The building's history reflects the long presence of Japanese merchants in the Beacon Hill community. The owner is 1938 was T. Umino, with the grocery store operated by K. Kamiushi. It is still a grocery store, known as Asian Express.
 
Appearance
This is a two-story red-brick structure with pairs of 8/1 double-hung windows with leaded glass on the second floor. Ornament includes a decorative brickwork and a parapet capped with cream-colored terra cotta. The storefront has the original configuration with wood-frame display windows and a suspended metal canopy along the entire front (west) fa├žade; a modern door has been added. The second floor contains apartments, with two entry doors on the south elevation. An enclosed wood porch projects off the second floor on the rear; this appears to have not been present in 1937, but is probably more than fifty years old. In the rear is a rare intact four-car garage, with newer doors; its stepped parapet matches that on the main building.

Detail for 2122 14th AVE / Parcel ID 1498301020 / Inv # BH002

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Commerce
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 2122 14th AVE / Parcel ID 1498301020 / Inv # BH002


Photo taken Aug 09, 2001
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