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Summary for 8420 Greenwood AVE / Parcel ID 6430500360 / Inv # GR009

Historic Name: Greenwood Block Common Name: Upper Crust Catering
Style: Spanish - Eclectic Neighborhood: Greenwood/Phinney
Built By: Theodore Damm Year Built: 1926
This is one of four buildings that anchor this historically important intersection. Until the 1950s, 85th Street was Seattle's northern city limits and the end of the streetcar line. Greenwood Avenue was a major arterial, providing access to residences and businesses in North King County and connecting to Snohomish County and The Highlands development. It was here that people living to the north would disembark, either to walk to their homes or to transfer to the interurban line a few blocks away. Accordingly, during the 1920s, the intersection was marked with several substantial buildings. This structure's solid massing continues to lend presence to the corner, despite first-floor alterations. The Greenwood Block was built in 1926, and served for many years as a local office of Puget Sound Power and Light Company, the provider of electricity for the streetcars and for homes not served by Seattle City Light. In the 1950s the city purchased Puget Power's system within the city limits and north to Snohomish county. The building later housed a restaurant, Jacken's Grill for many years. The second floor has office space. The first phase of modernization of the first floor appears to have been done by Jacken's restaurant in 1956, followed by additional changes in the late 1960s. Since Jacken's closed, it has had a series of other restaurants, and is now a catering kitchen.
This two-story rectangular building is capped with a red tile roof above a dentilled cornice and ornament in an arch motif; a cast concrete belt course runs above the second-floor windows. The cladding appears to be large concrete blocks laid to look like stone. The second floor is intact with 1/1 double-hung sash. The first floor has been modernized, with modern brick cladding and arched windows. An entry to the second floor is at the east end of the 85th Street elevation; above it are the words "Greenwood Block."

Detail for 8420 Greenwood AVE / Parcel ID 6430500360 / Inv # GR009

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete - Block Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
History Link
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 8420 Greenwood AVE / Parcel ID 6430500360 / Inv # GR009

Photo taken Aug 08, 2001
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