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Summary for 905 20th AVE / Parcel ID 7128300135 / Inv #

Historic Name: Unknown Common Name:
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1900
This house is a good example of late 19th/early 20th century vernacular architecture incorporating housing with a small neighborhood grocery store. It contributes to our knowledge of vernacular architectural and the residential development of Seattle. Further evaluation of this house may yield additional information regarding the rich ethnic history of this historically Japanese/American and Italian/American neighborhood. A neighbor recalls that this was a Japanese-owned neighborhood grocery store and that the owners had to leave it when they were interned. She gave the name as Yamada. Domenic D. Merlino is listed as owner in the 1941 City Directory.
This is a large two story hipped roof box with storefront at streetlevel and recessed full width porch above. The windows have one over one double hung wooden sashes and frames. The original siding is covered with asbestos shingles. It has a center brick chimney.

Detail for 905 20th AVE / Parcel ID 7128300135 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Ethnic Heritage
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Interview; Mary Grossa, 8/18/1992.
Sanborn (Insurance) Map Company, Seattle, Washington.
Seattle Historic Inventory, Central Area, 1979.

Photo collection for 905 20th AVE / Parcel ID 7128300135 / Inv #

Photo taken Jun 01, 1992
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