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Summary for 805 NE Northlake PL NE / Parcel ID 4092302290 / Inv # TRN002

Historic Name: Office/Warehouse Common Name:
Style: Other - Industrial Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1947
Edmond F. Pugsley, a civil engineer, constructed this building in 1947 as an office and shop for his underground construction business as an excavating contractor. The building replaced an earlier structure on the small irregular parcel, which had served as a tool shed since its construction in 1937. Located in the shadows of the University Bridge, this simple utilitarian structure was built by its owner in a largely industrial neighborhood on the north side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Boat building, repair, and moorage businesses predominated in the area. Pugley’s business remained in this location until his retirement in later 1960s. The City of Seattle acquired the building in October of 1971 for street purposes. The Seattle Engineering Department intended to use the property for a relocation of NE Pacific Street. Several years earlier, the Engineering Department had prepared cost estimates, designs, plans, and specifications, and had authorized the acquisition of the property necessary for the relocation of NE Pacific Street between Latona Avenue NE and 15th Avenue NE. The University of Washington would also share in the costs of the relocation. By the later 1970s, the Engineering Department had completed Phase I of the project from 15th Avenue NE to the University Bridge. However, the remaining section to NE Latona Avenue was never completed. The city currently leases this property for private use. This building is significant for its association with the development of the lower University District neighborhood.delete
Completed in 1947, this reinforced concrete structure occupies an irregular parcel in the shadow of the University Bridge to the east. The flat roof building has a trapezoidal plan, which measures approximately 24 feet by 30 feet. Set on a high basement, the one-story structure has a masonry tile fill within its exposed concrete frame. The south elevation has an entrance door at the center flanked by two openings. The western opening retains its original multi-paned steel sash window, however the eastern opening contains a modern replacement. On the west elevation, a single multi-paned steel sash window is centered in each bay at the upper and lower floor levels. On the north elevation, double metal entrance doors are situated at the western end of the lower level. The window openings at the upper floor level are nearly completely obscured by the ivy growing on this elevation. A rambling series of decrapitated wood frame structures extends from the east elevation. These buildings feature a variety of roof types, including gable, flat and shed, and a variety of exterior cladding, including corrugated metal and both horizontal and vertical wood siding. Though deteriorated and obscured by vegetation and accumulations of junk, this structure still possesses some physical integrity.

Detail for 805 NE Northlake PL NE / Parcel ID 4092302290 / Inv # TRN002

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Concrete, Other Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Other
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Transportation
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
City Council Bills and Ordinances, Seattle City Clerk's Office Legislative Databases (
"E. F. Pugsley, Seattle pioneer, dies in Lacey," The Seattle Times, Saturday, January 13, 1973, p. 13.

Photo collection for 805 NE Northlake PL NE / Parcel ID 4092302290 / Inv # TRN002

Photo taken Nov 12, 2000
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