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Summary for 815 Western AVE / Parcel ID 7666202545 / Inv #

Historic Name: Carstens Building Common Name: Commuter Building
Style: Commercial, Modern - Postmodern Neighborhood: Downtown Urban Center
Built By: Year Built: 1906
(This building was completedin 1906 and, at least by 1940, was called the Carstens Building, after its owner, Thomas Carstens. Carstens, the president of the Carstens Packing Company, a meat packing company and tenant of the building by the early 1920s, owned the building by 1928. Based on drawings from 1922, the architecture firm of Schack Young and Myers altered the first floor for Turner and Pease, a wholesaler of butter, eggs and cheese, who were tenants of the building by the 1910s. Subsequent architectural and interior drawings dating from 1947 to 1977, all for Turner and Pease, include a 1947 drawing for a "butter packing room" and and work from 1952 and 1965 by Naramore Bain Brady and Johanson (now NBBJ). Between 1999 and 2000, the building was upgraded seismically and the main elevations significantly altered. The building exterior has been significantly changed, with Post-Modern flourishes added.)
(Significantly altered)

Detail for 815 Western AVE / Parcel ID 7666202545 / Inv #

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Concrete, Metal Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Warehouse Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Brick No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Agriculture, Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Intact
Storefront: Extensive
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.
Sheridan, Mimi. “SR 99: Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Project Historic Resources Inventory.” Draft, ca. 2004.

Photo collection for 815 Western AVE / Parcel ID 7666202545 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 09, 2006
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