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Summary for 701 9TH AVE / Parcel ID 408880-3435 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Mack International Motor Truck Company Common Name: Buca di Beppo/Ducati Seattle
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: South Lake Union
Built By: Year Built: 1922

This building was constructed in 1922 for the Mack International Motor Truck Corporation and is directly associated with an important era of development in the South Lake Union area related to automobile manufacturing and auto-oriented businesses.  Later auto-related uses in the building include Jules’ Auto Glass (Seattle Times Archives, 1962) and Frank Kenney’s Sports Import Classics (Seattle Times Archives, 1979).

During the immediate post World War I era, industrial land use patterns began to change as the South Lake Union area attracted commercial business, particularly automobile showrooms and auto-related products or maintenance. While most of Seattle’s earliest auto showrooms and auto-related businesses had been located in the Pike-Pine corridor, the presence of the Ford Motor Assembly Plant and Showroom (1913), the central location of the district and still undeveloped land in the neighborhood appears to have caused a shift. By the mid-1920s, a string of automobile related businesses, several housed in architect-designed and elaborately decorated terracotta buildings, had been erected along Westlake Avenue. Chief among these was William O. McKay Ford Sales and Service Building completed in 1925. Adjoining this building was the Ford Auto Sales and Garage Building. Other distinctive buildings that are known to have been associated with this theme and located along Westlake Avenue N.are the Durant Motor Co. Building (1928), the Firestone Tire Building (1929), a building constructed for O. M. Gaudy Company Auto Dealer (1925) and a former Buick auto showroom (1925). Manufacturing facilities of Kenworth Motor Truck Co., were also located in the district at 1275 Mercer St. Elsewhere in the district were numerous other garages and auto-related businesses established during this era that have yet to be fully documented. Of note also are several distinctive small warehouses and combination showroom/warehouse facilities that were designed by recognized architects and constructed in the neighborhood during this era. Often utilitarian in character, they are a representative property type that is characteristic of the changing land use patterns in South Lake Union during this era.

This building has retained strong integrity in the northern portion, displaying original folding wood garage doors in three bays on the east facade and painted wall signage from its use as a Mack Truck showroom and repair shop on the rear (west) facade. This portion of the building now houses parking and a Ducati Motorcycle showroom and a parking garage. The southern portion, at the corner of 9th Avenue North and Roy Street, has been altered considerably, likely for its new use as a restaurant. Original plate glass windows in each bay have been changed out to smaller-scale windows with modern sash and stucco-clad infill walls. These changes to the southern portion of the building have diminished the building’s overall integrity.

Bibliographical References:

Washington State Dept. of Archaeology and Historic Preservation Historic Property Inventory Report, 2007.

King County Property Record Card(1937-1972), Washington State Archives

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps,Seattle, WA, Volume 4 1917-June 1950, sheet 439.

Seattle Times Historical Archive, April 13, 1962, p. 64.

Seattle Times Historical Archive,June 8, 1979, p. 64.


This one story commercial building sits on a corner lot. It features a rectangular plan, brick cladding with stucco infill walls between several of the bays, and a poured concrete foundation. The corner entry is recessed and angled with wood frame plate glass windows with transoms and a glazed wood frame pedestrian entry door. This recessed area is supported by a square brick pillar with a large, animated neon sign projecting above it at the corner of the building. The concrete building base on the south facade fronting Roy Street steps up the gentle incline at each bay, starting at the corner and heading west.  Each bay on this long facade features a single or pair of new metal frame windows shaded by a fabric awning. Stucco clad infill walls surround the new windows in each bay. This treatment is repeated in the first bay to the east of the corner entry on the east elevation. The second bay on the east elevation has a solid stucco infill wall with no openings, and the third bay has two pedestrian service doors and stucco infill.  These bays are associated with the restaurant use. Moving to the north along the east facade are 2 bays featuring aluminum frame storefronts related to the Ducati dealership. The remaining, northernmost bays are related to a parking use; two of them are completely open, and three retain their original wood folding garage doors with either 4 or 8 lights above and panels below. The bays are separated by brick pillars with concrete bases.The alley facade to the west features an historic painted wall sign for the Mack Truck Corporation.  Five original arched openings have been filled with brick along this facade.

Detail for 701 9TH AVE / Parcel ID 408880-3435 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 701 9TH AVE / Parcel ID 408880-3435 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 01, 2014

Photo taken May 01, 2014

Photo taken May 01, 2014
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