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Summary for 1158 BROADWAY / Parcel ID 1978201295 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: vacant
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Pike/Pine
Built By: Year Built: 1920
This auto dealership, built in 1920, was altered in 1964 but has since been restored to its original appearance.  It has recently been an auto dealership, although it is now being vacant.

The Pike/Pine/Broadway vicinity became Seattle’s Auto Row shortly after the first automobile was offered for sale here in 1905.  For the next twenty years virtually all local auto dealers and numerous auto-related businesses were located here.  Nearly every building housed at least one dealership, service garage, parts dealer, paint shop or similar business.  “Auto Row” thrived with the strong economy of the 1920s.   However, the Great Depression of the 1930s led to general stagnation, and the neighborhood changed significantly after World War II.  Broadway High School closed in 1946, replaced by Edison Technical School, a vocational training institution. As the suburbs grew, most auto dealerships moved away from the congested city locations, although many parts dealers and service businesses remained.   The 1980s brought new development, as people returned to live in city neighborhoods.  Seattle Central Community College, the successor to Edison, demolished and replaced most of the old high school buildings in the 1970s.  In the past ten years the Pike/Pine corridor has developed as a residential and entertainment center with numerous apartments and businesses in new and renovated buildings like this one. 

This one-story masonry building is located a the pominent corne rof Brodway and E. Union Street. It has all the characteristics of an early auto dealership, with large display windows, large multilight wood transoms and an elegant entry with terrazzo.  The main entry has six-light wood doors with 12-light sidelights.  The rear elevaiton has 12-light and 16-light sash.

Detail for 1158 BROADWAY / Parcel ID 1978201295 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick 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): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Transportation
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Storefront: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Williams, Jacqueline B. The Hill with a Future: Seattle's Capitol Hill 1900-1946. Seattle: CPK Ink, 2001.
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

Photo collection for 1158 BROADWAY / Parcel ID 1978201295 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 11, 2010
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