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Summary for 1167 Mercer ST / Parcel ID 7863500100 / Inv #

Historic Name: Messenger Signs Common Name: Messenger Signs
Style: Modern - International Style, Modern - Curtain Wall Neighborhood: Cascade
Built By: Year Built: 1962
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This virtually intact example of International Style Modernism is a late version of the style. It was built as an office building and warehouse for Messenger Signs Incorporated in 1961 and completed in 1962. It has been occupied by them ever since that time. This is also an example of a building constructed in Cascade and consistently used for the same type of industry and business. The use of repeated geometries and proportion and the juxtaposition of curtain wall with concrete block and wood panels are original and work well. While historical photographs do not indicate the color of the filled in portions of the curtain wall, the only other obvious change is the replacement of a garage door by the two rectangular openings on the first level.
This International Style two story building faces north. Its plan is composed of a rectangle 65’ by 60’ with a smaller almost square area that juts out on the east side of the elevation (19’ x 20.9’). This tower-like portion contains an entry foyer and stair, visible through the curtain wall glazing. Its north facing and side elevations consist of glazing, curtain wall as well as regular sized metal aluminum windows which alternate with wood expanses of filled in curtain wall, painted blue and concrete block, painted white. The primary portion of the main north façade is distinguished by a continuous metal frame curtain wall divided into nine sections, which define a high ceilinged interior space, over two large rectangular windows and a wide garage door on the first floor. The bottom half of this curtain wall is also filled in and painted blue. Side elevations, as well as all the solid parts of the main façade, are concrete block, painted white. A sign on the roof of the building proclaims that this building houses “Messenger Signs Incorporated,” and includes a large swooping curved graphic, also painted blue. The interior of the building was designed with circular poured concrete columns and a roof with a glulam structure.

Detail for 1167 Mercer ST / Parcel ID 7863500100 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Concrete - Block, Glass - Curtain Wall, Plywood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Mixed No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 1167 Mercer ST / Parcel ID 7863500100 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 05, 2003
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