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Summary for 2300 SW 7TH AVE SW / Parcel ID 0697000400 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: British Motor Car Distributors Common Name: Arai Jackson Ellison Murakami
Style: Modern - Curtain Wall Neighborhood: Denny Triangle
Built By: Year Built: 1965
This concrete-and-glass curtain wall building was constructed in 1965 for British Motor Car Distributors. This area of the last Denny Regrade (1929-30), east of Fifth Avenue, was completed just as the Depression began and came to be occupied primarily by low-density uses such as auto dealerships. This use continued to thrive into the 1980s. This is a typical example of the modern auto dealership, with expansive glass walls and a garage, although its high architectural quality is unusual. Most auto dealerships have left this area, and this now serves as offices of an architectural firm. The auto entrance in the center of the façade, which provided access to the showrooms on each side, has been converted to a landscaped entry courtyard.
This distinctive Modernist building reads as two glass curtain-wall pavilions separated by a recessed entry courtyard in the center of the main (west) façade. The courtyard is landscaped with bamboo. The flat roof extends about two feet from the glass walls, supported by plain concrete columns. These columns, four on each half of the building, provide a strong Classical feeling and a vertical element to counteract the building's overall horizontality. The space between the columns and the wall contains a planter with bamboo, which reflects the vertical columns and slightly obscures the glass wall. At the north end is a covered platform that opened onto the original sales lot. The building is on a slope, with a partial lowerr floor and a garage below the building on the east (rear), accessed from the alley. Above the garage entry is an open rear deck with a metal railing.

Detail for 2300 SW 7TH AVE SW / Parcel ID 0697000400 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete, Concrete - Block, Glass - Curtain Wall Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Transportation - Road- Related Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Block No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Transportation
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
Sheridan, Mimi, “Historic Context Statement, Belltown," 2007.

Photo collection for 2300 SW 7TH AVE SW / Parcel ID 0697000400 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 18, 2007
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