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Summary for 516 YALE AVE / Parcel ID 0209000025 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: 516 Yale Avenue North
Style: Other Neighborhood: Cascade
Built By: Year Built: 1905
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).

This historic property is no longer extant. Based on field examination conducted in January - February 2014, it has been demolished. Specific demolition date has not been established.

This building dates from at least 1905. Permit records at DCLU mention something about a “move” in 1903, so it may be even older, (although the item is not explained). Based on historical photos, it appears to be intact, despite a variety of uses over the years. Despite its utilitarian nature, it has several interesting architectural characteristics. The building itself is also a distinguishing feature of the Cascade neighborhood. It is one the last remnants of small frame utilitarian buildings, aside from 500 Yale Ave. N., that has survived in Cascade, despite the many pressures on the neighborhood. With the brick Supply Laundry Building, also on Yale Avenue and 500 Yale Ave. N., it is one of three utilitarian buildings represented on Baist’s 1908 survey map of Seattle that are still standing. On a Kroll map from 1920, the letters H.B.B.C., (possibly a reference to Hergert and Brace, who inherited David Denny’s mill?), are written on the building site. In 1943-44, according to Polk’s, it was used as a warehouse by the Kenworth Motor Truck Company, at a time when that company was involved in the production of bomber planes for the war effort at its main plant located on the next block north. It stayed in their possession until 1948. In 1957 and 1958, it was the property of “Day and Nite Refrigeration Company.” From 1961 to 1965, it was occupied by a textile manufacturer, Ballinger & Co. and in 1974, by “Style Craft Breakfast Nooks Furniture Manufacturing.” The Bill Cannon Film Studio was located here in the 1980s (1985-1988). In the late 1950s, King County Records described this as a “frame garage,” in addition to a “1+2 story loft.” In 1999, a permit was obtained to use part of it as a cabinet shop. It seems as though this building has been frequently used for a combination of work and living quarters. It still is. As a building which often has combined industrial uses with living quarters, it is, in a sense, emblematic, of the Cascade neighborhood itself, which has combined residential buildings as well as buildings devoted to industrial uses.
This wood frame building is rectangular in plan. The portion of the building facing Yale Avenue North is one story, with a flat roof and parapet. The parapet steps up at the center of the façade, where there is a distinctive wood keystone-like ornament (a very acute angled triangle with a series of moldings at the top of the triangle). In a similar fashion, the parapet steps up at the edges of this main façade. At the center of the façade is a wide garage like door and to the left of it, a regular entry door next to which is a double hung window. Behind the low parapeted structure is a gabled roof, which belongs to a two story building with an attic, although only the top part of the gable is visible from Yale Avenue North. From the alley side of the building, because of the grade change, only the top part of the gabled structure is visible.

Detail for 516 YALE AVE / Parcel ID 0209000025 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Shiplap Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet, Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition, Other
Building Type: Transportation - Road- Related Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Manufacturing/Industry, Transportation
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Baist, William, Baist’s Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Seattle, Wash., Philadelphia: W. G. Baist, 1908 &1912, Section 7.

Photo collection for 516 YALE AVE / Parcel ID 0209000025 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Sep 30, 2003
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