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Summary for 909 E PINE ST E / Parcel ID 6003000442 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: International Student Center
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Pike/Pine
Built By: Year Built: 1912
This building wasa constructed in 1912. It has housed several auto-related uses, including a Studebaker Hudson service garage (1930s) and a Pontiac service garage (1940s-50s).  It is now owned by Seattle Central Community College and is used as an international student center. 

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 two-story masonry budling is clad with brick.  The second-story windows are intact, with two groups of four 16-light windows with four-light transoms.  The first-floor storefront has been extensively altered with newer plate glass windows (with the original transoms)  and a modern entry replacing the original garage door.  

Detail for 909 E PINE ST E / Parcel ID 6003000442 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Wood 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: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Transportation
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Storefront: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 909 E PINE ST E / Parcel ID 6003000442 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 12, 2010
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