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Summary for 1914 Minor AVE / Parcel ID 0660002280 / Inv #

Historic Name: M. J. Glerup Company Common Name: Advance Marking Systems
Style: Modern - International Style Neighborhood: Denny Triangle
Built By: Year Built: 1947
The building was designed as a “sales building” for the M. J. Glerup Company by architect J. Art Johansen in 1947. According to Tax Assessor’s records, the building’s construction was also completed in 1947. In 1954, a back addition was also completed, which made the footprint almost square; however, this addition had no effect on the main façade or any portion of the building visible to the public. Original drawings, as well as photographs, suggest that the central framed bay, particularly the area under the ribbon of windows, was originally clad in Roman brick (over concrete block). There may also have been thicker rectangular panels along the sides of this frame; however, this detail is not entirely clear in the historical photo. Aside from the difference in cladding under the windows of the central framed bay, the building facade seems to have remained largely untouched, since its completion in the 1940s. The building is a somewhat utilitarian, although interesting example of early International Style architecture, reminiscent of Northern European International Style buildings. The original owner was a person called M. J. Glerup. Little seems to be known about him, about J. Art Johansen or as to what was produced or sold from the building. The building currently houses Advance Marking Systems, which specializes in the production of rubber stamps, advertising and related services.
This is a one story building, with concrete block walls, clad on the exterior in concrete. There is only one façade, which is set along Minor Avenue and faces west. The basic plan is a square, although there is a projecting element attached to the main west façade. The roof is flat and there is flat parapet. The façade’s punched openings and the thick projecting rectangular frame are distinctive elements. The frame encases a projecting bay with a ribbon of fixed windows set at the top of it, as well as a doorway to each side. The doorways are recessed inside the projecting frame and set in the plane of the main west wall of the building. Punched window openings in the west wall flank the central projecting frame. These windows have surrounds, which are thicker at their outer perimeter.

Detail for 1914 Minor AVE / Parcel ID 0660002280 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Concrete Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Square
Structural System: Concrete - Block No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.

Photo collection for 1914 Minor AVE / Parcel ID 0660002280 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 14, 2006
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