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Summary for 305 2nd AVE / Parcel ID 5247800725 / Inv #

Historic Name: Fire Station # 10 Common Name: Fire Station # 2
Style: Commercial, Beaux Arts - American Renaissance Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
Built By: Year Built: 1928
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This fire station building was completed in 1929. It is a striking building with some fairly original detailing. It was built at its present location, after the previous fire station, located east of the Corgiat Building/ Main Hotel, was demolished as a result of the Second Avenue Extension Project, a public works project, which cut a huge swath from Yesler Way to past Jackson Street, slicing into buildings in its path. The present building, from the last period of significance of the Pioneer Square-Skid Road National Historic District, contributes to the architectural quality and interest of the district.
This is a four story fire station building, with a three story addition to the south. The main east and north façade walls are of reinforced concrete with cast-stone trim. The building is distinguished by its scooped-out corners at the southeast and northeast. These have curved rusticated pedestals over a smooth plinth, with the scooped area above acting like a niche. Toward the top is a partial classical entablature, somehow reminiscent of the work of Borromini. The building is eclectic in style, with a marked Beaux Arts influence, particularly at the base, but also shows the influence of the Chicago School, particularly in the upper floors. Other distinguishing features are the partial rustication of the single first floor windows on the east elevation, the balustrade ornament that runs the length of east and north elevations above the ground floor level and rectangular window openings, with multi-pane windows and transoms. Modern art work – metal cut-outs in of firefighters in silhouette – have been placed in the corner niches, but do not detract from the overall integrity of the building exterior.

Detail for 305 2nd AVE / Parcel ID 5247800725 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Brick, Concrete, Stone - Cast Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Government - Fire Station Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: four
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Politics/Government/Law, Transportation
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
Andrews, Mildred et al. Pioneer Square: Seattle's Oldest Neighborhood. Manuscript. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, forthcoming 2005.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
Brians, Ann Elizabeth. Indomitable Pioneer Square. Master of Urban Planning Thesis, University of Washington, Seattle, 1973.
Baist Map of 1905, 1908 and 1912

Photo collection for 305 2nd AVE / Parcel ID 5247800725 / Inv #

Photo taken Jun 08, 2004
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