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Bitar Home

624 5th Street, Hoquiam, , 98550 Property Website Dated Posted: August 15, 2014



Circa 1905

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About This Old House

Off-marketThe home at 624 5th st. was built in 1905. The home was likely built by a William Renie. William Renie was the first person in Hoquiam to own a tandem bicycle and is likely the namesake of Rennie Island. Renie moved into the house at 624 5th st. in 1907 where he lived until 1913 when he sold the house to Constantine A. Bitar. The Bitars occupied the house until 2003 when C.A. Bitar’s son Daniel moved to his brother’s house on 1st st. The Bitars retain ownership of the 624 5th st. house.
Constantine Bitar was the founder of LaVogue Department Store in downtown Hoquiam which he and his sons owned and operated. The LaVogue store served the needs of the community from 1911 until 2008. During those 97 years of operation they offered clothing for men, women, and children including work and sports equipment as well as toys, bicycles, appliances and televisions. In 1923 C.A. Bitar purchased the Lytle building at 623 Simpson ave. where the store operated until its close. The Bitar family sold the Lytle building in 2009 to Entezar Development Group.
The house at 624 5th st. is of vernacular design and construction; meaning a professional architect and construction company were likely not involved. The house was built for practical purposes using materials readily available. In 1929 C.A. Bitar remodeled the house which included new windows and the addition of a bathroom, kitchen, dining room, and pantry area. Plumbing was added to the bathroom and kitchen in 1931. Later an attached garage was added to the home.
The house features Douglas fir flooring throughout,new composite roofing on a cross gabled roofline, Clapboard and shingle siding, and a post and pier foundation.
New Roof, Poured Perimeter Foundation, Historic Re-built pulley & weight Windows, Siding, Garage Door + Opener, & Exterior Paint.
Bring your ideas and passion to this Historic Hoquiam Home. Enjoy the tax benefits of Historic Listing. Home is structurally sound, gutted and ready for remodeling. All remodeling must adhere to local Historic Home Committee regulations.
Huge Corner Lot includes empty lot of 409 M st.

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