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Summary for 401- 5 YALE AVE / Parcel ID 6849200095 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Hugh Sweeney Grocer(y)/ Coffee Hut and Apartments Common Name: Coffee Hut & Apartments
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Cascade
Built By: Year Built: 1924
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.
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.

401-5 Yale Avenue N. is a recently abandoned, (around 2000), one story multi-use building which dates from 1924. Not long ago, it contained a grocery story, as well as several apartments (“8 -3 Room Apts”). It has historically always had a grocery store: For instance, in 1943, 401 was listed in Polk’s Directory as being occupied by Hugh Sweeney Grocer. In the 1950s (1951-55), Sherry’s Grocery and Lunch was the tenant of the main commercial space at 401, later replaced by the “Coffee Hut” from 1961 to at least 1990. In the 1920s, it was one of the few multi-use buildings in Cascade. What is also particularly significant now is the use of geometries and detailing of the wall, particularly on Republican St. The wall is just the right scale for the street and allows a good view of some of the more striking details of St Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral. In its own right, it is a striking and distinguishing feature of the neighborhood
This building is virtually rectangular in plan, with a smaller rectangle cut out at the back and a small triangular corner cut out on the southeast corner. It is one story and has a flat roof with parapet. It is clad in brick on the street facing elevations and in wood on the back elevations. Particularly distinctive are the brick walls, facing south on Republican street and east on Yale Avenue North. The Republican Street elevation is divided into three bays. Each bay is visually reinforced in the outline of the parapet wall. The first two western bays are defined by pediment-like or triangular shapes at the parapet level. Below the triangular shapes are two wide window openings flanking an arched door opening. This is followed by a rectilinear portion of the parapet, under which are several rectangular openings, and then a higher storefront window. The top of each flat opening is typically detailed with a brick soldier course. On the Yale Avenue side, the large storefront openings are also defined at the top and bottom by brick soldier courses. These larger openings and soldier courses create sort of a reveal in which is inset another layer of brick with smaller openings, what were once a doorway and window openings. For now all openings are filled in with wood.

Detail for 401- 5 YALE AVE / Parcel ID 6849200095 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Social Movements & Organizations
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 401- 5 YALE AVE / Parcel ID 6849200095 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 08, 2003
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