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Summary for 4800 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 3958901250 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Scanlon Machine Shop/ Fluckinger Machine Works Common Name: 4800 Airport Way S
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Duwamish
Built By: Year Built: 1906

Windows have been enlarged replaced and siding has been replaced. Although this building has a presence along Airport Way South and is intriguing, it has been extensively altered, even since the mid-1930s.  Based on the King County Tax Assessor’s Record card, however, it dates from 1906. The building has also retained its overall shape and general construction. By the mid-1930s, James Scanlon owned the building and the Scanlon Machine Company occupied it. By the late 1940s, the Fluckinger Machine Works, which remained until at least the late 1980s, was housed in this building. The former machine works also adjoins another extant frame building from 1909, owned by the Olympic Foundry Company by 1932 and possibly as early as 1917. In fact, both buildings may have been part of the Olympic Foundry Company in 1917. In any case, together both buildings present a somewhat rare example of rustic style, wood frame buildings on this portion of Airport Way South, just south of Edmunds Street. A spur of the N. P. Railway ran behind and east of both buildings.

Other Sources

Sanborn Maps, Vol 3. 1917, Plate 348.


This is a two-story wood frame building, located on the east side of Airport Way South, just south of South Edmunds Street. It adjoins a one and a half frame building, located to the south of it. The building plan is rectangular, 45 feet by 60 feet. The building has a gable roof. On the north, as well as the west elevation, which faces Airport Way South, the first level siding is vertical wood, while the second level appears to be applied composite shingle. Based on a photo from ca. 1936, the visible siding at both levels is replacement siding, while original siding was some sort of horizontal wood siding. Window openings have distinctive flat wood surrounds; however, based on the earlier photo, openings, particularly on the main west façade, have been enlarged. Glazing at the second level is replacement glazing with fake, flat muntins.  Since the mid-1930s photo was taken, openings have been clearly added on the second level of the north elevation, although the distinctive flat surround was replicated and added. Even the openings on the first level of the north elevation have been altered. Although this building has a presence along Airport Way South and is somewhat intriguing, it has been extensively altered in many respects, even since the mid-1930s. 


Detail for 4800 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 3958901250 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Wood Foundation(s): Other
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Industry/Processing/Extraction - Industrial Storag Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Braced Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Manufacturing/Industry
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

Photo collection for 4800 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 3958901250 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 11, 2010
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