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Summary for 309 9TH AVE / Parcel ID 1991201290 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: 309 9th Avenue North Common Name: Soilsoup/
Style: Modern - International Style Neighborhood: South Lake Union
Built By: Year Built: 1952
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).

This property is no longer extant. Based on field examination conducted in January - February 2014, it has been demolished. Specific demolition date has not been established.

This building was designed in 1952 by Seattle architect John Rohrer, as an addition to a 1949 “warehouse and office building,” originally designed for R. M. Buntin. It functions as a very simple addition to the original building and does not attempt any intricate combinations of shapes in the window openings or otherwise, as does the original building. In 1953, the two buildings also housed different tenants. 305 9th Avenue N. housed the Timken Roller Bearing Company, while this building housed three tenants, all “television set distributors.” John Rohrer has been an architect at least since the 1940s and was also known as a faculty member of the Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of the University of Washington.
Located north of 305 9th Avenue North, 309 9th Avenue North is an addition to the first building. With lower walls than its neighbor, it has a slightly L-shaped plan, where a recessed entry occurs on the north side of 9th Avenue. From above, a flat overhang defines a rectangular shape for the entire building. Like its neighbor, it has exterior concrete block walls, which are exposed on the north elevation, which has no fenestration. The main façade along 9th Avenue North has red Roman brick veneer, particularly below the sill level, a lot of window in metal frame and a flat band, (of stucco or some other similar material), painted white, set just below the parapet. As in the case of 305 9th Avenue North, this appears to have been meant as a backdrop for signage, but does not currently have any. The tall vertical windows openings, which take up much of the façade, consist of ten identical combinations of tall vertical lights, with a small light below. The recessed entry, sheltered by the overhang above and an extruded wall clad in Roman brick to the north, contrasts with this repeated set of windows.

Detail for 309 9TH AVE / Parcel ID 1991201290 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick - Roman, Concrete - Block, Metal 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 - Block No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 309 9TH AVE / Parcel ID 1991201290 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Aug 22, 2005
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