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Summary for 500 YALE AVE / Parcel ID 0209000030 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: 500 Yale Ave N. (?) Common Name: 500 Yale Ave N.
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Cascade
Built By: Year Built: 1908
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 wooden building dates from 1908. While it now serves as a residence, its scale and construction make clear that it served a utilitarian purpose, much like its neighbor a few doors north at 516 Yale Avenue North. It is one the last remnants of small frame utilitarian buildings, aside from 516 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 516 Yale Ave. N., it is one of three utilitarian buildings represented on Baist’s 1908 survey map of Seattle that are still standing. Its exact early use is not known. From 1938 to at least 1943, according to Polk’s Directories, it was owned by Stephen and Margaret Olmsted and apparently served as a restaurant. By 1951, it was occupied by Herold Aerial Photos as well as Monroe & Akins, Photographers. It continued to be occupied by Monroe & Akins in 1958, when they are listed as the building’s only tenant, until at least 1974. Photography related uses were still associated with the building in 1980. Express Line Cine(matic?) Photography was the tenant from 1980 to 1985, when apparently several other tenants shared the space. Frank Potter & Associates, whose office building is on the same parcel bought the building twelve years ago and recently sold it to Weiss/ Jenkins. According to Steven Potter, it has been a residence for at least the last twelve years.
This wood frame building is rectangular in plan. It has a flat roof. Its south elevation is sided with vertical wood boards and has no windows. Its main Yale elevation is simple: two large window expanses flanking a simple double door.

Detail for 500 YALE AVE / Parcel ID 0209000030 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): 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
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Potter, Stephen to Karin Link, E-mail, "History of 500 Yale N." December 12, 2003.
King County Dept. of Development and Environmental Services Parcel Locators- GIS Center

Photo collection for 500 YALE AVE / Parcel ID 0209000030 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Sep 29, 2003
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