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Summary for 2305 24th AVE / Parcel ID 6788201506 / Inv # CH022

Historic Name: Montlake Market Common Name: Café Lago
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Montlake
Built By: Year Built: 1922
This is the most intact older building in the small Montlake commercial district. The area was first platted about the time of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held on the nearby university campus. A trolley line was laid out from Capitol hill down 24th avenue, up Montlake Boulevard to the fairgrounds. Most growth occurred, however, in the 1920s, after completion of the present Montlake Bridge in 1925. At one time the local businesses included a theater (whose altered building still remains across the street), a grocery, barber and beauty shops, a hardware store, a café and a branch library. The corner spot in the building was the Montalke Market. In the 1970s it was the studio of noted sculptor Glen Alps. In the 1980s-90s it was a coffee shop called the Daily Grind, a neighborhood gathering place. In 1999 Café Lago, the restaurant occupying the space to the north, expanded into the corner space.
This is a simple brick-clad building with little ornament. The storefronts are intact with metal sash in wood frames, wood transoms and recessed entries with wood-an-glass doors. A band of corbelled brick runs above the transoms, but does not extend along the side of the building. Two small windows on the south elevation have been filled in. Old-fashioned light fixtures have been added along the roofline to illuminate the storefronts.

Detail for 2305 24th AVE / Parcel ID 6788201506 / Inv # CH022

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Specialty store Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 2305 24th AVE / Parcel ID 6788201506 / Inv # CH022

Photo taken Aug 28, 2001
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