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Summary for 4352 15th AVE / Parcel ID 3679400885 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1949
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1949, the building originally functioned as a lodge hall known as the American Serbian National Home through 1968. A. J. Mahoney was the structural engineer. A large dance floor occupied the main floor with an office and lavatories flanking the main entrance, a main fireplace along the sidewall and a stage, dressing room and storage room along the back end wall. The American Serbian National Home was previously located at 4508 S 133rd St. Beacon Hill is a long north-south tending ridge located southeast of downtown Seattle and stands 350 feet at its highest point. The hill’s steep topography deterred substantial Euro-American settlement through the early 1880s. Then, development of the area was stimulated by the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1890s, its proximity to Seattle’s main industrial area to the west, and the regrading of the hill’s north end in the early 1900s. Originally acquired by the City in 1898, Jefferson Park was integrated into Seattle’s Olmsted system of parks, and the Olmsted Brothers prepared a plan for the park in 1912. The first public golf course west of the Mississippi opened at Jefferson Park in 1915. Jefferson Park has exerted a profound positive influence on the development of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Because of its proximity to the International District, Japanese and Chinese families moved to Beacon Hill starting in the 1920s. World War I and II stimulated a surge in housing development associated with wartime industry. The construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s and Interstate 90 in the 1980s sliced through the neighborhoods and contributed to Beacon Hill’s relative isolation. Today, Beacon Hill is an ethnically diverse working class community, which has a mixed Asian, Chicano, African American, and Caucasian population.
Built in 1949, this vernacular style commercial building stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Fifteenth Avenue South on a flat site at street level. This 3034 square foot, single story building features a rectangular plan with a front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the brick masonry superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gable roof. A prominent stepped parapet defines the front facade. Wood sash multiple-pane windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs with a well-detailed metal railing leads to the front stoop. An exterior brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 4352 15th AVE / Parcel ID 3679400885 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Other Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Social - Meeting Hall Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Unknown No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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.
City of Seattle. Survey of City-Owned Historic Resources. Prepared by Cathy Wickwire, Seattle, 2001. Forms for Ravenna Park structures.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Beacon Hill Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 4352 15th AVE / Parcel ID 3679400885 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 30, 2003

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