The Cayton-Revels House: a landmark to Seattle’s Black history on 14th Ave E — UPDATE

(Source: Seattle Landmark Nomination: THE CAYTON-REVELS HOUSE)

Capitol Hill’s historic Cayton-Revels House is up for nomination for landmark designation Wednesday afternoon with the City of Seattle. Built in 1902, the Queen Anne Victorian-style house was once the home of Horace Roscoe Cayton, publisher of Seattle Black-owned newspaper the Seattle Republican, and his wife and associate editor Susie Sumner Revels Cayton. Community members and the home’s current owners say the landmark designation would be a significant and necessary acknowledgement of Seattle’s Black history.

CHS reported here on the efforts of the 14th and Mercer structure’s owners to achieve landmark status and protections for the 1902-built house, honor the Cayton-Revels family, and recognize the legacy of the racial covenants that shaped Capitol Hill. According to the landmarks nomination, “the Caytons were one of only three Black American families living in today’s definition of Capitol Hill​ before racial restrictive covenants barred non-white residents in 1927.”

You can learn more about the meeting and how to provide public comment here.

UPDATE: The board voted unanimously for the house to move on to the designation phase. The big vote will take place in early April.

The Seattle Republican was one of the most widely-read newspapers in the region at that time. In print from 1894 to 1913, the Republican appealed to national and local audiences of all races, but primarily focused on local politics and the Black experience. Horace Cayton, born a slave on a Mississippi cotton plantation and educated at Alcorn University, made his way to the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of greater freedoms in the frontier-era West. As Seattle changed from a frontier town to a growing city with increasingly racist power structures and property covenants, Black families were pushed into the Central District, where the Cayton-Revels eventually relocated.

“The Caytons were one of the most well-known Black American families in Seattle at the turn of the 20th century because of their business and political involvements,” said Taha Ebrahimi, a Capitol Hill resident who researched and wrote the 142-page landmark proposal for the Cayton-Revels house. Continue reading

Landmarks process begins for Capitol Hill’s La Quinta Apartments — UPDATE

In December, CHS told you about the neighbors at 17th and Denny’s Frederick Anhalt-designed La Quinta apartments working together to win protections for the 1927 building.

Wednesday, the U-shaped structure with a clay tile roof, and a dozen two-story apartments around a central Mediterranean Revival courtyard, plus a thirteenth unit perched above the building’s garage will face its first review in the Seattle landmarks process.

According to the nomination report prepared for Historic Seattle and the VIva La Quinta group pushing for the landmark designation, many of the building’s original tenants were immigrants and families with young children. According to the report, much is unchanged about the property — even a rose still growing there is an original.

We’ve embedded the nomination report below. Continue reading

Long live Capitol Hill’s La Quinta — Residents rally (early!) to make 17th and Denny Anhalt apartments a landmark

(Image: Viva La Quinta/Jesse L. Young)

Hoping to head off yet another story of a lovely, old building being torn down to make way for a new brick of ceramic and fiberboard, residents of the La Quinta apartments have started a drive to have their building recognized as a landmark.

The building at 1710 E Denny Way was built by prolific Seattle developer Frederick Anhalt in 1927. The U-shaped building with a clay tile roof holds a dozen two-story apartments and has a large central Mediterranean Revival courtyard. A thirteenth apartment is perched over the building’s garage.

It changed hands a few times until it was purchased by Ken Van Dyke in 1982. Van Dyke died earlier this year, leaving residents worried that the new owners might want to redevelop the property.

Chelsea Bolan, who has lived in the building since 2003, said they don’t know for certain that redevelopment was planned in the immediate future, but they started hearing rumors from people in contact with the new owners.

“He suggested, if we wanted to do a landmark, do it now,” Bolan said. Continue reading

Coming to 15th Ave E: Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House

Design renderings for the new restaurant (Image: Kobuta & Ookami Katsu and Sake House)

(Image: Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House)

A slice of Japan — in the form of traditional Japanese katsu — is on its way to Capitol Hill.

Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House is set to open this February in new construction on 15th Ave E and will feature chicken katsu, tonkatsu, cheese katsu, curry katsu and rice burger katsu along with premium sake and other liquors.

“Katsu is [a] very common meal in Japan,” owner Sue Phuksopha said. “We would love to create our place to be a casual street dining style and casual hang out spot with Japanese vibes like those restaurants in the small alley in Japan.”

Phuksopha, who has over 20 years of experience working in the food industry and owns Thai 65 Cafe in Redmond, will run the business alongside fellow food industry vet Don Tandavanitj and his family. Continue reading

Police search for suspect after 15th Ave Key Bank robbery

Seattle Police were searching for the suspect in a late afternoon hold-up at the 15th Ave E Key Bank.

Police were called to the Capitol Hill bank just after 4:20 PM to a report of a suspect making off with a bag full of money after ditching a tracking device from inside the satchel, according to East Precinct radio updates.

Officers surrounded the bank but the suspect had already fled the area on foot.

Police were searching for a suspect described as black male, around 5’9″, wearing eyeglasses, a plaid pattern shirt and a hat with a full brim, and carrying a blue bag while “walking in a feminine manner.” According to radio updates, the description matched a  suspect wanted in connection with similar heists.

There were no immediate arrests.

Capitol Hill Safeway redevelopment moves forward with plans for seven-story apartment project above new grocery

The plan to redevelop the Capitol Hill Safeway at 15th and John and its giant surface parking lot as new mixed-housing above a new grocery store is moving forward.

Plans filed with the city last week show the grocery chain’s $11 million-plus, 100,000-square-foot property at the top of Capitol Hill is being planned for a new mixed-use development that will rise seven stories above a new, larger grocery store.

The Daily Journal of Commerce reported the filing Monday. CHS reported on the early planning on the effort in September as developers began the process of setting up community outreach for the design process. Continue reading

Design review: Capitol Hill auto row-inspired design gets an update for Hilltop Service Station project

(Images: Studio Meng Strazzara)

A Capitol Hill project dinged for what the developers said was “not being modern enough” is back in the design review process and ready for public comment.

The 523 Hilltop project from Capitol Hill-based developer Hunters Capital — and inspired by the neighborhood’s auto row-era preservation projects — is settling into the final phase of design review under the city’s “administrative” system put in place to keep projects moving during the COVID-19 crisis. Continue reading

Long police search after man pulls handgun in E Republican argument — UPDATE

An argument involving a man reportedly brandishing a firearm near 15th and Republican led to a long police search through yards and a large stretch of Capitol Hill Monday night.

All information is preliminary and has not yet been confirmed with Seattle Police.

According to East Precinct radio updates, police were called to the 1400 block of E Republican just before 9 PM to a report of an argument in the street involving a man brandishing a handgun.

Police reported a foot pursuit moments later as a suspect wearing a white surgical mask fled near 14th and Republican. According to radio updates, several callers reported a male knocking on doors and trying to enter residences in the area during the search. Police could be heard on loudspeakers warning people to stay indoors while the search unfolded.

A police K9 unit was reported tracking at least on suspect nearly an hour after the fight report. Earlier in the search, at least two people were taken into custody and a 9mm Smith and Wesson was recovered. Records show the gun was stolen from an owner in Bremerton.

UPDATE: SPD reports a teenager was taken into custody:

East Precinct officers recovered two handguns and arrested a 17-year-old Monday evening after receiving a report about a dispute involving a firearm in a Capitol Hill parking lot. Just before 9 PM, officers responded to the 1400 block of East Republican Street and contacted two men inside a vehicle. The driver took off running, and police quickly found a handgun under his seat. Officers also contacted the passenger, a 17-year-old male, in the vehicle, and recovered a firearm from underneath his seat. The second handgun was previously reported stolen in Bremerton. In addition to being 17 and unable to legally possess a handgun, the 17-year-old is also a convicted felon, prohibited from possessing firearms. Officers booked the 17-year-old into the King County Youth Service Center and continue to search for the driver of the vehicle, who left his shoes behind in his flight from police.


Its end filled with landmarks and legal proceedings, Capitol Hill’s 120-year-old Sullivan House demolished

Not all Capitol Hill landmarks are created equally. Some are demolished.

Work crews started taking down the 120-year-old mansion at the corner of 15th Ave and E Olive St. Wednesday, the start of the end for a house that has had a busy three years since it first hit the market just in time for Halloween 2017.

This January, permits were approved for a cluster of eight townhouses on the 7,200-square-foot lot. The same month, a demolition permit for the Sullivan House was also signed off on.

The project from developer and real estate investor Alex Mason and MGT Builders and the Cone Architecture firm will replace the house that was landmarked but ultimately not protected by the city. Continue reading

Police search for vehicles after gunfire and path of Capitol Hill traffic circle and mailbox destruction

Police investigated reports of gunfire and two cars racing through the streets of Capitol Hill Thursday night.

There were no reported injuries but a traffic circle near 16th and Harrison was wiped out, according to a CHS reader who witnessed the chase:

we just saw the craziest thing: two cars racing at high speed here in 16th and Harrison, one of the cars couldn’t stop and drove/jumped right throw the roundabout between the trees! We are still in shock, and this was like 20 minutes ago.

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