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Summary for 235 9TH AVE / Parcel ID 199120-1335 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Kuny Johnson C. Gen. Contractor Common Name: Cascade Architecture & Engineering
Style: Art Deco - Streamline Moderne Neighborhood: South Lake Union
Built By: Year Built: 1945

This commercial building was constructed in 1945 during a period of important industrial, commercial and warehouse construction in the South Lake Union area. Past building tenants included Kuney Johnson Company General Contractors (Polk 1948-49), Circle Air Electric Heating Company(Seattle Times 1954) MC Distributing Corporation (Polk 1955), Dependable Building Maintenance Company, Inc. (Polk 1960, 1965, 1970), and Dietzgen Corporation. The building currently houses Cascade Architecture and Engineering Supplies.

This corner building originally featured a Streamline Moderne style, with a rounded corner at the intersection of 9th Avenue and Thomas Street, horizontal windows with aluminum frames and mullions, a curved recessed entry in the center of the facade, and a tall stucco clad parapet and bulkheads.  A larger, two-story mass to the rear featured unadorned concrete masonry unit-clad walls and a loading bay.It has been significantly altered. All character defining features have been removed or covered over. This building no longer exhibits any noteworthy architectural details nor is it significant for historical associations. 

Bibliographical References:

Polk, R.L.

1948-49 City Directory of Seattle. R. L. Polk& Co., Seattle

1955 City Directory of Seattle. R. L. Polk &Co., Seattle

1960 City Directory of Seattle. R. L. Polk &Co., Seattle

1965 City Directory of Seattle. R. L. Polk &Co., Seattle

1970 City Directory of Seattle. R. L. Polk &Co., Seattle

Seattle Times Historical Archive, September 14,1954

Seattle Times Historical Archive, July 8, 1984

King County Property Record Card (1937-1972),Puget Sound Regional Archives


This building sits on a corner lot and has a one story mass at the corner, fronting 9th Avenue N., and a two story mass to the rear, which likely houses warehouse functions. It has a flat roof and is clad with eifs panels. The lower building has an unusually tall wall area/parapet above newer windows with aluminum sash and eifs panels between. The taller building has a large loading dock in the side fronting Thomas Street, and a row of aluminum frame ribbon windows below the cornice. 

Detail for 235 9TH AVE / Parcel ID 199120-1335 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Other Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Storefront: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 235 9TH AVE / Parcel ID 199120-1335 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 10, 2014
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