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Summary for 217 9th AVE / Parcel ID 1991201350 / Inv #

Historic Name: V. Savinoff Furniture Studio/ Owen Hampson Common Name: Banya
Style: Modern - International Style Neighborhood: South Lake Union
Built By: Year Built: 1946
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This International Style building was initially designed as an upholstery shop for the “V. Savinoff Furniture Studio” by architect Roger Gotteland and completed in 1946. For its time, its design was somewhat cutting edge. The distinctive features of the building, including the stepped parapet walls and the angled glazed second story, are intact. The building has retained the essential characteristics of its original design, despite changes to the entry and north bay at the ground level. Not long after its completion, the building was also associated with the early recording industry. Polk’s Directory as well as an early photo show that by 1948 the building housed Owen Hampson Incorporated Wire Recorders and the Scott-Noland Recording Studios, in addition to the V. Savinoff Furniture Studio.
This a two story building, located mid-block between John Street and Thomas Street on 9th Avenue North, with a vacant lot just to the north. The building has one major east façade on 9th Avenue North, while north and south elevations have no openings. The roof appears to be flat and on the north and south elevations, the parapets step down to the east toward the main façade. The thickness of the north and south parapet walls, as seen in section, is then expressed as part of the main façade. Between these walls, the second level appears as one wide angled glazed wall. The glazing is subdivided into eleven vertical sections, with each section further divided into a central square pane, with two thinner panes, longer in the horizontal direction, set above and below it. The ground floor of the main façade is loosely divided into three areas, with an entry bay at the center. The lower part of the façade is also distinguished by the large expanse of glass block wall in the south bay (to the left, if one is looking straight on toward the façade). To the north, presently is new storefront, divided into three square panes in the horizontal as well as the vertical direction. The door glazing and hardware of the entry bay also appear to be replacements, but based on original construction drawings, the south section of façade has always consisted of glass block. In addition, the distinguishing feature of the building, the angled glazed second story, the clearly expressed north and south walls, as well as the manner in which the side parapet walls step down to reveal the top of the main façade, are all part of the original design of the building. The glazing of the second story, set in metal sash, appears to be intact.

Detail for 217 9th AVE / Parcel ID 1991201350 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Concrete, Glass - Glass Block, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry, Science & Engineering
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
Drawings, Microfiche Files, Department of Planning and Development.

Photo collection for 217 9th AVE / Parcel ID 1991201350 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 14, 2005
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