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Summary for 6521 Roosevelt WAY / Parcel ID 9528103115 / Inv # RO001

Historic Name: Garski's Grill Common Name: The Scarlet Tree
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Roosevelt
Built By: Year Built: 1925
This long-time neighborhood landmark is a very good example of a typical commercial structure from the 1920s. It has a high degree of physical integrity and retains most do its original decorative features. Built in 1925, it has long been a restaurant. It was known as the Wayfair Café in 1938, when the building was owned by Lynette Perry. Fred Garski purchased the restaurant in 1964, changing the name to Garski's Scarlet Tree. It is still a popular café, known as the Scarlet Tree. This restaurant was built in the 1920s, a time of significant growth in the Roosevelt neighborhood. In 1920, when the school district proposed building a new high school near NE 65th street and 10th Avenue NE (now Roosevelt Way), people protested that it was too far out an would not be needed. However, within five years of its opening in1922 it had to be expanded. The commercial district expanded accordingly during this period.
This one-story brick-clad building has a leaded-glass transom and its original metal canopy, which appears to have some of the original light bulbs. A terra cotta belt course runs above the transoms, with dark red terra cotta quoins extending up to the cornice. The north elevation has a secondary entrance, flanked by terra cotta pilasters, and a small multipaned window. The old neon sign with the words "Scarlet Tree Restaurant and Bar" is also notable. The display windows may have been enlarged.

Detail for 6521 Roosevelt WAY / Parcel ID 9528103115 / Inv # RO001

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Restaurant Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Intact
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 6521 Roosevelt WAY / Parcel ID 9528103115 / Inv # RO001

Photo taken Aug 17, 2001
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