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Summary for 5622 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 1416300040 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Raecolith Flooring Company Common Name: Raecolith
Style: Art Deco - Streamline Moderne Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1938
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.

Based on field work conducted in September 2014, this historic property retains its relationship to the streetscape, historic building form and a sufficient amount of exterior historic building fabric (design features, cladding and/or window sash/openings) to contribute to the distinct character of the Georgetown neighborhood.

This is an altered but relatively intact historic property that may possess some limited architectural and/or historic significance. This property exhibits some substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project; all of the original character defining window sash members have been replaced with vinyl (multi-pane) sash units

(1997) This property is associated with an era of residential and commercial building between 1916 and 1942 which continued in Georgetown despite an acceleration of the trends toward the industrialization of the area. Significant changes came with prohibition and the closure of the brewery in 1916, the completion of the Duwamish Waterway in 1917, and the arrival of new businesses, such as the Boeing Airplane Company in 1916. In spite of the increasingly industrial nature of the area which had been zoned as such in 1923, residents of Georgetown continued to build new homes and businesses and to plan for a future in the neighborhood. This building was originally designed and constructed for the Raecolith Flooring Company as an office, showroom and warehouse for composition flooring materials. The site had previously been used by a blacksmith shop. The initial Raecolith Building (the northernmost portion) was expanded southward with a series of warehouse and manufacturing additions in 1941, 1943 and 1958. Jones & Stanley, Architects, designed the 1941 addition.

A generally intact and unaltered example of one-part, wood frame commercial design that reflects both modern Art Moderne/Streamline architectural character and its industrial location and function. Exhibits unusual commercial facade design due to the irregular shape of the lot and the street orientation; prominent entryway with simple flat canopy at building corner, curved corners, smooth stucco finish, flat roof with ledge coping, and horizontally divided window sash at the entryway. The height of the building varies and its current form evolved from the original corner facility. Windows at the upper floor and side elevation are typically multi-pane industrial steel sash. Original cladding (a combination of stucco and corrugated steel) remains in place. The building was designed and expanded to serve as a warehouse, showroom and offices for a business specializing in composition flooring materials.

Detail for 5622 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 1416300040 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Metal, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat, Gable Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Industry/Processing/Extraction - Manufacturing Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: Various
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development, Health/Medicine
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Tim O'Brian, "Georgetown Historical Places" Construction Chronology.

Photo collection for 5622 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 1416300040 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 24, 1997

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Sep 12, 2014

Photo taken Sep 12, 2014
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