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Summary for 1939 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666207155 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: O. B. Williams Company Sash and Doors Common Name: O. B. Williams Co.
Style: Modern Neighborhood: Duwamish
Built By: Year Built: 1914 & 1920

O. B. Williams Company has been in existence since 1889 and is still operating today. The main facade is an extensive remodel of what were at least two original facades, one belonging to a building originally built ca. 1914, (1939 1st Ave S) and the other belonging to a building built ca. 1920, (1931 1st Ave S). The southern building, (1939 1st Ave S), once had a primarily glazed facade. Both facades seem to have been remodeled repeatedly by 1960. There was also a major remodel in 1969. The present facade, although pleasing, is the result of extensive remodel. There appear to be two additional buildings behind the two buildings which face 1st Ave S. One appears to date from 1907 and the other from 1914. The exteriors of these have also been extensively remodeled.

O. B. Williams website,


Detail for 1939 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666207155 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Other, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet, Varied roof lines Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Industry/Processing/Extraction - Manufacturing Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Braced Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Storefront: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Hanford, C. H. Seattle and Environs. Chicago: Pioneer Historical Publication Company, 1924.
Bagley, Clarence B. History of King County, Washington. Seattle: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1929.
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

Photo collection for 1939 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666207155 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 10, 2010

Photo taken Jan 08, 2010
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