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December 8, 2016 UPDATE: Landmarks Preservation Board approves the Crescent-Hamm Building in West Seattle for landmark status
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Update 1/5/16
The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted unanimously to nominate the Crescent-Hamm Building at 4302 SW Alaska Street/4559 California Avenue SW for landmark status. The board's designation hearing for the building will be on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2016.

Original Post 12/8/16

History of Crescent-Hamm Building (from the nomination)

In 1908, W. T. Campbell purchased the two lots on which he would later build the Crescent Building from Cecil and Helen Upper and F. N. and Alice Handschy. With this purchase, Campbell owned four lots of prime real estate at this important intersection where the two streetcar lines merged. Campbell paid $5,000, a price that suggests the lots had improvements. Indeed, Baist’s 1912 Real Estate Atlas depicts the property as it existed for more than a decade, with a one-story wood building occupying the east half of both lots and a small outbuilding at the rear of the parcel . The Sanborn Fire Insurance Company’s 1917 map of the Junction shows the same structure, noting it functioned as a retail shop and drugstore.

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