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Summary for 801 E PINE ST E / Parcel ID 6003000470 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Masonic Temple Common Name: Egyptian Theater/SCCC
Style: Other Neighborhood: Pike/Pine
Built By: Year Built: 1916
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
The Masons completed this large temple in 1916, when Broadway was becoming a thriving business district, with many businesses and groups relocating from downtown.  It has been a major feature of the neighborhood for nearly a century and is now owned by the adjacent Seattle Central Community College.  It is used for fine arts classes and houses a move theater, The Egyptian.  The building has been found eligible for the National Register under criteria A and C.

The architectural contract for this building was award to the prominent firm of Saunders and Lawton, but it was completed by Charles W. SAunders after their partnership dissolved.  

This vicinity on Broadway was one of the first sections of Capitol Hill to develop.  It was platted by David T. Denny, the trustee for the estate of John Nagle, who filed the donation claim for the area.  In 1891 a streetcar line was extended from James Street, running north on Broadway (one block east of this site) to the city limits at E. Lynn Street, with direct service to downtown added on Pike Street in 1901.  Another major impetus to local development was the 1903 completion of Seattle (later Broadway) High School, the city’s first modern high school, which was located at the corner of Broadway and E. Pine Street.  Students came from throughout Seattle and even from across Lake Washington to attend.  Broadway, already an important street, flourished with new businesses, especially those catering to students, such as sandwich shops. By 1910 the area was largely developed, with small commercial buildings, numerous apartment buildings and single family homes.  Further apartment and commercial development occurred in the 1920s, when the Broadway district boomed to become one of the city’s premier shopping venues.  The Great Depression of the 1930s led to general stagnation, and the neighborhood changed significantly after World War II.  Broadway High School closed in 1946, replaced by Edison Technical School, a vocational training institution.  Many houses such as this one became rentals, often being converted to multifamily or being replaced by institutional uses.  The 1980s brought new development, as people returned to live in city neighborhoods. The Broadway district is now thriving with new stores and apartment buildings. 


Detail for 801 E PINE ST E / Parcel ID 6003000470 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Terra cotta Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Social - Meeting Hall Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Education, Entertainment/Recreation, Social Movements & Organizations
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Photo collection for 801 E PINE ST E / Parcel ID 6003000470 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 11, 2010
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