This building is located
on the west side of 6th Avenue South, mid-block between Walker and
Bayview Streets. Built of a combination of concrete tilt up walls, concrete
block in addition to other materials, the structure also includes two rows of
repeated wooden bow trusses, which sit side by side. The building almost
presents itself as two separate buildings.
This is reflected in the
main façade along 6th Avenue South. The southern portion of the
façade, symmetrically composed, presents a more typical International Modernist
office wing. The northern part of the façade is more utilitarian with several
large service entries and a loading dock. In fact, the exterior walls of the
northern wing of the building are of tilt-up concrete construction.
In contrast, in the
façade of the southern wing, eight rectangular window bays, marked by doubled
aluminum vertical elements, are set to each side of a central entry. The window
area consists of a larger fixed pane glass, framed in aluminum, which sits
above a lower window, also framed in the same material and which may be
operable. Below and above each window, there is a solid area, now painted, also
bordered by a thin aluminum band. The overall effect is to create a grid
pattern across the façade of the southern wing. The central doorway, composed
of aluminum frame and glass, is recessed slightly. The entire south portion of
the façade is also recessed within a projecting frame, currently painted blue.
The side walls of the frame are of concrete block, while the “roof” of the
frame is made of wood. The “WESCO” sign that sits above this frame is original.
Behind this main façade and set somewhat back, is a curved roof, which suggests
that the structure underneath may be a set of bow trusses. This is, in fact,
The northern portion of
the building also has an interior structure, which also includes similar
repeated trusses. In this case, the trusses are not set back from the façade
along 6th Avenue South.
In general, changes to
the main façade appear to be minor.