The building at 3219 California Ave SW (shown here as it looked in the 1950's), has served as a dental office, a realty office, a comic book store and more recently as home to Little Knits, a whole sale yarn and knitting company. It is being considered for Landmark Preservation status.

Landmarks Board considering nomination of 3219 Calif. Ave property

The Landmarks Preservation Board will consider landmark nomination for the property at 3219 California Avenue SW. The meeting will be on Wednesday, October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor in Room 4060.

The property was originally constructed in 1952 as a dental clinic by the architect Paul Kirk. The building received an addition in 1953-54 which was also designed by Kirk, and a third addition by an unknown architect/builder around 1982. The report requesting the consideration was written at the request of the prospective owners of the property, Intracorp-Admiral West, with permission of the current owners of the property, the Cayce and Gain families, to ascertain the historical nature of the subject building.

From the report:(see link above)

"In recent years, the subject building was leased to Prudential Northwest Realty, until 2009. From 2009 to 2011 it was occupied by Arcane Comics, a comic book store. The most recent tenant of the subject building, Little Knits, is a wholesale yarn and knitting supply company, occupying the adjacent building to the south as well through an interior connection. The majority of the interior space is used for warehousing."

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board by 5:00 p.m. on October 1 at the following address:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle WA, 98124-4649

A copy of the nomination is available for review at the West Seattle Branch Library, 2306 42nd Avenue SW (684-7444); and at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). The nomination is posted on Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website at under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

The Landmarks Preservation Board is coordinated by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program. The Historic Preservation Program handles the identification and protection of more than 400 historic structures, site, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts throughout Seattle. For more information, contact 206-684-0464.

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