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Summary for 4500 Roosevelt WAY / Parcel ID 5335200380 / Inv # UD003

Historic Name: Eldridge Buick Company/University Chevrolet Common Name:
Style: Spanish - Mission Neighborhood: University
Built By: Schack, Young and Myers, architects Year Built: 1926
Formerly the home of the Eldridge Buick Company, this building was purchased by J.E. Blume in 1935 as the new home of the University Chevrolet Co. (University Motors). Schack, Young and Myers was a well-known Seattle firm of architects and engineers who designed many commercial buildings in the 1920s. The firm designed several other buildings in the University District including the Theta Xi Fraternity, the Gelb Building on University Way, and the University Baptist Church on 12th Avenue NE. James Hansen Schack and David John Myers were architects, and Arrigo M. Young was an engineer. The firm was founded in 1920, and Myers left the firm in 1929. Most designs by Schack, Young & Myers were in academic eclectic styles.
The Eldridge Buick/University Chevrolet Building is a large one-story structure in the Mediterranean Revival style. Decorative rounded pediments and red tile characterize the roofline. Decorative brackets support the cornice, below which is a floriated frieze decorated with medallions. Spiral engaged columns with classical capitals divide the storefront windowpanes, which have been replaced. Transom windows have been painted over, but they remain intact. The building has been extensively remodeled with the addition of the Metro Cinemas to the rear.

Detail for 4500 Roosevelt WAY / Parcel ID 5335200380 / Inv # UD003

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Terra cotta Foundation(s): Concrete - Block
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Transportation - Road- Related Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Transportation
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Storefront: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 4500 Roosevelt WAY / Parcel ID 5335200380 / Inv # UD003

Photo taken Oct 26, 2001
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