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City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods
This building was constructed in 1925 for the Tyee Investment Company, believed to be a commercial real estate development firm. It was designed by noted Seattle architect Henry W. Bittman and intended for retail and loft and office use. It was reported designed to accommodate additional future floor levels, which have never been added. The original tenant or uses have not been identified. By 1935, the building was owned by F & W Realty Co. The storefront portions of the building are known to have been used by a religious book and supply store, a shoe store and a florist shop. The 1937 tax record photograph reveals that the upper floor corner offices were in use by the State Democratic Party and the campaign to reelect Franklin D. Roosevelt. Reportedly, a secretarial school later used the upper floor level. In 1979, the property was owned by the catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and leased to Cornerstone Corporation. In 1979, the Bumgardner Partnership undertook the renovation of the building, which involved the reconstruction of some storefront details."
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