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Summary for 809 Western AVE / Parcel ID 7666202545 / Inv #

Historic Name: Mutual Creamery Common Name: 809 Western Avenue (part of Commuter Center Building)
Style: Beaux Arts - Neoclassical, Commercial Neighborhood: Downtown Urban Center
Built By: Year Built: 1906
 
Significance
The building was constructed in 1906, along with the neighboring Carstens Building, now known as the Commuter Building. It was remodeled as a garage, a use it still serves, as early as 1926. By at least 1919, the Mutual Creamery, a wholesale distributor of butter, eggs, cheese and ice cream, also occupied part of the building, which later, by 1938, housed Montgomery Publishing. In 1943, the southern half of the building was demolished to make way for a Standard Oil service station and parking lot, while the northern half remained a garage. Although the main façade seems related to the line of early commercial warehouse buildings located on the west side of Western Avenue, (many completed by 1911), the building façade has lost integrity.In addition, the fact that a good portion of the building has been demolished means that the building has been seriously altered.
 
Appearance
This four story building is rectangular in plan. It has a high ground floor level, topped by four three-story recessed bays. Between the bays, the continuous piers are marked by shallow pilasters, topped by modified Doric capitals, which each appear almost like a thin band at the top of each pilaster. The whole of the façade is topped by an overhanging classical entablature. The ground level is also characterized by distinctive cast-iron piers, which mark the central garage opening. Each of the three garage openings and the entry door to the south are topped by transoms, now painted black. The southern bay, which is less wide than the other three bays, is narrower and clearly was truncated during the 1943 remodel/ partial demolition.

Detail for 809 Western AVE / Parcel ID 7666202545 / Inv #

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick, 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: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: four
Unit Theme(s): Agriculture, Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry, Transportation
Integrity
Storefront: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.
Sheridan, Mimi. “SR 99: Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Project Historic Resources Inventory.” Draft, ca. 2004.

Photo collection for 809 Western AVE / Parcel ID 7666202545 / Inv #


Photo taken Feb 09, 2006
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