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Summary for 1302 E YESLER WAY E / Parcel ID 0007600131 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: Ritz Apartments
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1908

This highly altered three-story apartment building located in the Squire Park section of the Central Area was constructed in 1908. The Yesler Way cable car line to Lake Washington opened in 1888 and by the mid -1890s both residential and commercial development along Yesler Avenue was well under way. Seattle experienced a major population growth following the 1897 Alaska Gold Rush and into the first decades of the 20th Century. Apartment development flourished from 1906 until World War I, when post-war economic difficulties slowed development until the 1920s. Much of the Central Area was predominantly Jewish before World War I and many Jewish businesses and synagogues were flourishing in the area around Yesler Way east of 10th Avenue. After World War II, most of the Jewish community moved to the Seward Park, Mercer Island and Bellevue. Also before World War II, a substantial Japanese community lived near Yesler and in Japantown several blocks to the southwest.  They owned many businesses near Yesler Way and had a number of important institutions. However, following their internment in World War II, relatively few Japanese returned to the area. Since the mid-20th century the Central Area has been particularly connected with the African-American community.


This three-story apartment building with daylight basement has been extensively altered. It is rectangular in plan, of wood frame construction and has a flat roof with a parapet. The parapet has been altered and a projecting wood cornice is no longer intact. The building is clad in wood clapboard below the first story water table and clad in vinyl siding above the water table. The façade is symmetrical with a central, recessed entry bay leading to the interior central stairwell and hall, with windows on each side arranged as a single sash window on the end, flanking a group of three sash windows close to the central recessed stairwell bay. The extensively altered entry features a contemporary wooden portico with a shed roof supported by square wooden piers. All of the original windows have been replaced with metal sash windows.

Detail for 1302 E YESLER WAY E / Parcel ID 0007600131 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1302 E YESLER WAY E / Parcel ID 0007600131 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 06, 2010
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