AKA: Recovery Cafe, Denny Triangle, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - restaurants; built works - industrial buildings - factories

Designers: Bittman, Henry W., Architect and Engineer (firm); Henry W. Bittman (architect/structural engineer)

Dates: constructed 1928-1929

1 story, total floor area: 9,453 sq. ft.

2022 Boren Avenue
Denny Triangle, Seattle, WA 98121

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Schoenfeld Brothers, Incorporated, operated its neckwear business in this sparsely decorated, one-story industrial building. German-Jewish immigrants, the Schoenfeld Brothers, Max and Theodore, operated the business in 1929, the former as Vice-President, the latter as Secretary-Treasurer. They commissioned the Seattle architect Henry W. Bittman (1882-1953) to design their factory. They previously operated their business at 1601 2nd Avenue in the Schoenfeld Building. In 1911, the firm produced its own neckwear, and served as wholesalers for Boston and Paris garters, handkerchiefs and suspenders. At this time, the Schoenfeld Brothers' business was situated at 308 Washington Street, near 3rd Avenue South.

The City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board considered the Fashioncraft Building to become a Seattle City Landmark on 11/16/2011. It failed to designate the one-story, former manufacturing building. The Denny Triangle became filled with low, small-scale manufacturing buildings in the first three decades of the twentieth century. The masonry building, which contained a basement, occupied a .19 acre lot; it contained 9,453 gross square feet, 8,000 net. The property had a taxable value of $3,229,400 in 2012.

This factory was remodeled to become the Recovery Cafe, a service organization designed to provide support and therapeutic programs for individuals battling substance addiction problems. The cafe opened in 01/2004 following a long renovation process. The organization's web site stated its mission: "The Café and its School for Recovery serves men and women traumatized by homelessness, addiction and mental health challenges who need an on-going supportive community in order to stabilize and maintain stability in mental health, relationships, housing and employment/volunteer service." (See "History,"Accessed 04/07/2012.)