Hewitt Avenue and Pine Street

Swalwell Block, Diefenbacher Building, Bank of Everett

Swalwell Block in 2023. Built 1892. 2901 Hewitt Ave. Photo Steve Fox
Looking north on Pine street from Pacific Ave. Early 1892. Courtesy Everett Public Library
Swalwell Block in 2023. Built 1892. 2901 Hewitt Ave. Photo Steve Fox
Swalwell Block, 2901 Hewitt Ave. Courtesy Jack O'Donnell collection.
Swalell Building 2901 Hewitt Ave Courtesy Jack O'Donnell collection
Diefenbacher Building in 2023. Built 1903. 2909 Hewitt Ave. Photo Steve Fox
Bank of Everett in 2023. Built 1892. 2820 Hewitt Ave. Photo Steve Fox
Stump on Everett Avenue with investors RM Mitchell (2nd from right) and John McManus, 1892 Courtesy Everett Public Library

Look around to see early buildings near this corner, including these three on the National Register of Historic Places.

2901 Hewitt – Swalwell Block (1892): Architects Hove and Heide. National Register. While Hewitt was back east, William G. and Wellington Swalwell bought a large parcel on the river side of the peninsula. The Swalwell Block is possibly the first structural brick building in Everett. It was built for $30,000 between April and November of 1892 by contractor Robert Jordan. Buck’s Bar and Grill have been in the building since 1986. The Riverside citizens, happy to see this permanent building in the new settlement, circulated a petition to rename Pine Street to Swalwell Avenue, and the first Everett Polk directory used that name. However, W. G. Swalwell demurred on that change.

2909 Hewitt – Diefenbacher Building (1903): Architect August Heide. National Register. Saloon keeper John Diefenbacher commissioned this late Romanesque building. Built during Everett’s second boom in the 1900-1910 decade, it housed the upstairs 20 room Columbia hotel. In later decades, businesses included the Gassberg’s Jewelry Store, Webber’s Shoe Store and Deidrich’s Stove Work. In the 1930s, Everett Certified Hatchery sold chicks, leghorns and Rhode Island Reds from here. In 1950 it held Crayton’s Surplus Supply Company (mill supplies), and in the 1960s and early 1970s St Vincent de Paul Salvage Bureau and the Hambrick Hotel.

2820 Hewitt – Bank of Everett (1892): Architect Frederick Sexton. National Register. Sexton’s design included towers, pediments, arches and oriel windows for the first bank in Everett. John McManus was president – his mansion is later on this tour. Unfortunately, the Bank of Everett the business didn’t survive the Panic of 1893. Many elements of Sexton’s designs disappeared in a severe 1940s remodel.

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