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Summary for 5623 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 1416300005 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Georgetown Garage (Wilkes & McKilrath) Common Name:
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1923

Based on field work conducted in September 2014, this historic property retains its relationship to the streetscape, historic building form and a sufficient amount of exterior historic building fabric (design features, cladding and/or window sash/openings) to contribute to the distinct character of the Georgetown neighborhood.

This is an altered but relatively intact historic property that may possess some limited architectural and/or historic significance.

(1997) This property is associated with an era of residential and commercial building between 1916 and 1942 which continued in Georgetown despite an acceleration of the trends toward the industrialization of the area. Significant changes came with prohibition and the closure of the brewery in 1916, the completion of the Duwamish Waterway in 1917, and the arrival of new businesses, such as the Boeing Airplane Company in 1916. In spite of the increasingly industrial nature of the area which had been zoned as such in 1923, residents of Georgetown continued to build new homes and businesses and to plan for a future in the neighborhood. This property was constructed in 1924 for C.F. Martin (Seaboard Building) as a public garage and auto repair shop (J.A. Dow, Builder). By 1925, it was operated by E.L. Wilkes and Sam McKilrath who provided day and night service and who promoted it as "The Garage of Satisfactory Service." In addition to auto service and repairs, they also sold automobile accessories. The building was used for garage and tire shop purposes until the early 1950s.
(2014) No substantive change has been made to the building form; however, the northern half of the historic commercial storefront has been substantially altered with the construction of a new brick facade and the introduction of a wide, low- pointed arch and other small arched openings. The building is well maintained and in active commercial use.

(1997) An intact however slightly altered example of a one-part, brick/concrete masonry, commercial property. Exhibits an asymmetrical commercial storefront dominated by the garage entry bay, possibly altered display and intact original transom windows (w/distinctive multi-pane glazing currently covered by corrugated fiberglass), modest cornice coping and brick bulkhead. Original wire-cut brick veneer cladding remains in place. This building is immediately adjacent to the north of the old Mission Theatre, an extensively altered masonry building, also constructed in 1924, however not included in the updated inventory due to the high degree of alteration.

Detail for 5623 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 1416300005 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Transportation - Road- Related Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Brick No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Community Planning/Development, Transportation
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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.

Photo collection for 5623 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 1416300005 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Sep 09, 2014

Photo taken Sep 09, 2014

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997
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