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Summary for 2300 E Yesler WAY E / Parcel ID 6840701735 / Inv #

Historic Name: Yesler Library Common Name: Douglass-Truth Library
Style: Italian - Italian Renaissance, Spanish - Mediterranean Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1914
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This building is an important representativeof the works of Harlen Thomas and W. M. Somervell. Individually recognized as important Seattle Architects, this building is an important collaboration of the two. It is also important as Seattle's first library built solely of City funds. Shepard and Warrack were the contractors. (Seattle Pulbic Library Annual Report for 1914 pg. 6).
This Mediterranean Revival building exhibits "Prairie" lines for which Thomas was known. It is a very horizontal building with low hipped tile roof. Built of polychrome brick, it is given rich texture by terra cotta frieze of urns, foliage, fruit and books, which surrounds the center entrance and fa├žade windows.

Detail for 2300 E Yesler WAY E / Parcel ID 6840701735 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick, Terra cotta Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
Building Type: Education - Library Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Brick No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Politics/Government/Law
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Seattle Historic Inventory, Central Area, 1979.
SEattle P. I., August 18, 1913 and others

Photo collection for 2300 E Yesler WAY E / Parcel ID 6840701735 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 01, 1991

Photo taken Aug 13, 1979

Photo taken Aug 01, 1991
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