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Summary for 3806 S Ferdinand ST S / Parcel ID 1702900995 / Inv #

Historic Name: Columbia Motor Company Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Columbia City
Built By: Year Built: 1921
This commercial vernacular building was built in 1921. The building was built for owner Henry Goebel. The building was occupied by Harry Driftmiller’s battery shop and the Columbia Motor Company, a Ford dealership in the 1920s and a Chevrolet dealership in the 1930s and possibly later. Frank Clark, Harry Baker, and Pierre Weiss ran the Columbia Motor Company. The Clark-Baker Ford Agency occupied the building previously located on the site. The Rainier Glass Company occupied the subject building in the 1970s.
This one story commercial building is of masonry construction and is supported by a concrete foundation. The building has a rectangular plan and a flat roof with a decorative parapet. The building is clad in brick. The storefront consists of central inset entry, flanked by two large expansive plate glass windows to the east, and one large expansive plate glass window to the west; each portion of the storefront is separated by a brick pier. Transom windows are located above the storefront. The westernmost corner of the main elevation features an inset carport where a private gas pump was originally located. The door, windows and transom windows have been replaced or covered with horizontal wood siding.

Detail for 3806 S Ferdinand ST S / Parcel ID 1702900995 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Brick No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Transportation
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Storefront: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
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.
Centennial History, Columbia City, Rainier Valley, 1853-1991, Pioneers of Columbia City. Seattle, Washington, 1992.

Photo collection for 3806 S Ferdinand ST S / Parcel ID 1702900995 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 22, 2004
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