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Summary for 2212-16 1st AVE / Parcel ID 197720660 / Inv #

Historic Name: Strand Hotel Common Name: Kasota Building
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Belltown
Built By: Year Built: 1909
This simple brick building, constructed in 1909, is typical of the workers' hotels that lined First Avenue after Denny Hill was regraded. The hill blocked the city’s northward progress until it was regraded (between 1898 and 1911) and opened up for development. In only twenty years, Seattle’s population had exploded from 80,671 (1900) to 315,312 (1920), creating a critical need for housing. Belltown quickly became a concentrated residential area. Workers’ hotels like this one, often without individual bath and cooking facilities, lined First Avenue. Residents were typically single men, many of whom worked in lumber camps, canneries or ships for part of the year. The Hotel Strand's two upper stories had 50 rooms, each with a wash basin, but only seven toilets and four bathtubs. Now called the Kasota, it has been altered with modernized storefronts and new windows.

Detail for 2212-16 1st AVE / Parcel ID 197720660 / Inv #

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Hotel Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Commerce
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Intact
Storefront: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
Sheridan, Mimi, “Historic Context Statement, Belltown," 2007.

Photo collection for 2212-16 1st AVE / Parcel ID 197720660 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 18, 2007
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