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Summary for 1005-1011 Boren ST / Parcel ID 8590901050 / Inv # FH003

Historic Name: none Common Name: Thai Star
Style: Art Deco - Streamline Moderne Neighborhood: First Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1940
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This small building is significant both for its design and as part of a group of three buildings at the important corner of Madison Street and Boren Avenue, in the heart of First Hill. The other two buildings, facing Madison Street, were built in 1929-30; they are clad in terra cotta and are much more ornate than this one. However all are on the same parcel and are similar in scale. As a group, they establish a style and scale important to the character of the First Hill neighborhood, which has now become primarily large institutional buildings. They are virtually the only remainders of the small-scale shops that once met the needs of this vibrant residential community. The tenants over the years have been a variety of small businesses. In 1937 there was a delicatessen and a self-service laundry.
This is a clearly Modern small building, clad in concrete with strong horizontal lines. The upper half of the building has four small horizontal windows, connected by three narrow concrete bands. above this are three more bands and a simple concrete cornice. the horizontality is emphasized by the concrete canopy, four feet deep, over the storefronts. The four storefronts are highly intact, with original oak and glass doors, ceramic tile, and original steel sash. The entries are recessed, with the display windows at an angle to increase the modern feeling. The north and west elevations have several windows of original metal industrial sash.

Detail for 1005-1011 Boren ST / Parcel ID 8590901050 / Inv # FH003

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete - Block Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat, Hip Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Specialty store Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Social Movements & Organizations
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 1005-1011 Boren ST / Parcel ID 8590901050 / Inv # FH003

Photo taken Oct 30, 2002
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