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Summary for 1130 BROADWAY / Parcel ID 1978201310 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Unknown Common Name: Garage
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Pike/Pine
Built By: Year Built: 1927

This small building, constructed in 1927, is one of several structures on this section of Broadway that were originally service garages.  Some remain in this use, but others, like this one, have been converted to other uses to reflect the changing neighborhood. 
This building retains some sense of its orginal character, although it has been extensively modernized.

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 popular club. 

This one-story building is of unreinforced masonry construction and is rectangular in plan.  The garage doors are still apparent but have been filled in with windows and doors.  The large display windows have been updated but the divided-light transoms remain. Decorative elements--the capitals and cartouches with letter "P" also remain.  A front patio has been added with a low concrete planter wall.  A new building next door to the north has been built as an annex to this one. 

Detail for 1130 BROADWAY / Parcel ID 1978201310 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Ceramic tile, Concrete Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet 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 Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
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 1130 BROADWAY / Parcel ID 1978201310 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jun 29, 2011
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