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Summary for 6803 Greenwood AVE / Parcel ID 2877103910 / Inv # GR004

Historic Name: Anderson Motor Company Common Name: C & S Auto Rebuild
Style: Spanish - Mission Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1919
This is an early example of an auto garage located in a Seattle neighborhood. The auto industry in Seattle began in 1905, and the industry concentrated around Broadway/Pike/Pine area on the southern part of Capitol Hill for many years. As automobiles became more common, repair garages began to appear throughout the city, on major arterials such as Greenwood, Aurora and Rainier Avenue South. As Capitol Hill became more dense, and dealerships grew larger, more of them moved out to neighborhoods. Greenwood Avenue North was an important north/south route, and was the first long street to be paved by the city. Given the date of construction, this building was probably originally a repair garage. By 1937 it was a Chrysler/Plymouth dealership, Anderson Motor Company. The building was owned at that time by John Stirrat, a prominent contractor. Since the 1950s it has been an auto repair garage. This building is unusual for its Mission Revival architecture, with a prominent arch flanked by red roofing. It has basically its original appearance and detailing, although some of the windows have been modernized. An old painted gas sign is evident on the south wall.
This garage structure has a Mission-style arched parapet in the center of the main façade, flanked by red tile roofing and curved parapets, with metal coping, at the building corners. The main entry is arched, with garage entries on either side. The building is of hollow brick tile, clad with stucco on the façade and the front portions of the south wall. The southernmost display window appears to be intact, with a transom. The façade was modernized about 1969, with newer windows being installed.

Detail for 6803 Greenwood AVE / Parcel ID 2877103910 / Inv # GR004

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

Photo collection for 6803 Greenwood AVE / Parcel ID 2877103910 / Inv # GR004

Photo taken Sep 04, 2001
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