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Summary for 547 1st AVE / Parcel ID 7666206930 / Inv #

Historic Name: West Transfer Company Building/ Duncan & Sons Building Common Name: Duncan/ Franglors
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
Built By: Year Built: 1919
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
The building was constructed on the site of previous wood frame commercial buildings. It dates from 1919, and past the initial period, 1900 to 1910, when the district experienced really explosive growth. By 1919, there was increased industrialization of the neighborhood, as the United States was involved in World War I. In the meantime, the commercial center of Seattle was moving north from its original center. As the West Transfer Company Building, the building appears to have operated as a truck transfer station, used to store and move goods from the railroads along the former Railroad Avenue, now Alaskan Way. Similar enterprises operated in the area during the same period. At a much later time, this building was also associated with Duncan & Sons, a saddlery and harness shop, which moved here from its original digs on Second Avenue and Jackson Street in 1977.
This is a one-story building with a trapezoidal plan and exterior brick walls. Along First Avenue South, it has a two-part façade, divided into five unequal bays. The three northernmost bays exhibit original storefronts, with high transom lights. The top of the First Avenue façade features an intact, stepped parapet, with a central, almost free standing curved section, which rises well above the building’s flat roof. The rear elevation is painted brick and includes altered steel sash window and miscellaneous delivery doors.

Detail for 547 1st AVE / Parcel ID 7666206930 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Transportation - Road- Related Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Masonry - Unreinforced No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Transportation
Changes to Plan: Intact
Storefront: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
Krafft, Katheryn Hills. “Northwest Hotel Supply, 212 Second Avenue, Historic Preservation Certification, Part 1,” 24 July 1989.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfiche Library.

Photo collection for 547 1st AVE / Parcel ID 7666206930 / Inv #

Photo taken Jun 09, 2004
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