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Summary for 4501 University WAY / Parcel ID 8816401140 / Inv # UD008

Historic Name: Ives Building Common Name:
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: University
Built By: George E. Holmes, builder Year Built: 1923
The Ives Building is a prominent terra cotta clad building on the intersection of NE 45th St and University Way NE, located West of the University State Bank Building. The jewelry business was opened by William Lindenberg in 1924 at 1314 NE 45th Street. In 1944, Anchor Jensen and Fred Nielsen acquired the store and operated it until 1958. Warren Porter purchased the store and kept the Jensen name. Under Porter's ownership, the business moved to it's current location at 4501 University Way NE in 1962. The Porter and Jensen Jewelers will be leaving the building in 2002 and will operate exclusively out of their University Village store.
Constructed in 1923, this two-story, reinforced concrete building is located on the corner of NE 45th St and University Way NE. Its Classical Revival design features engaged columns and pilasters that line the south and east elevations on the second story. A decorative terra cotta frieze and simple cornice encircle the main elevations. The original second story windows have been replaced and the transom windows have been removed or covered with cladding. The storefront has also undergone extensive alteration.

Detail for 4501 University WAY / Parcel ID 8816401140 / Inv # UD008

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete - Block, Terra cotta Foundation(s): Concrete - Block
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Commerce
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Storefront: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Nielsen, Roy. UniverCity: The Story of The University District in Seattle. Seattle: University Lions Foundation, 1986.

Photo collection for 4501 University WAY / Parcel ID 8816401140 / Inv # UD008

Photo taken Oct 02, 2001
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