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Summary for 216 9th AVE / Parcel ID 1988201555 / Inv #

Historic Name: A-One Ornamental Iron Works Common Name: A-One Ornamental Iron Works
Style: Art Deco - Streamline Moderne, Modern - International Style, Other - Industrial Neighborhood: South Lake Union
Built By: Year Built: 1940
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Based on original construction drawings, the building was first erected around 1940 and the structural engineer was Harry R. Rowe, although King County Record Cards give a date of 1945-46. No sources give the name of an architect. Original drawings also show that the main façade is virtually intact. It is a good example of an International Style warehouse, with slight Moderne tendencies. Designed the same year as the Moderne 234 9th Avenue North, in 1940, located to the north of it, it would have also tied in stylistically with that building. The addition to the south, which makes the building an L-shape, is documented in a later photo from 1954. According to the owner of A-One Ornamental Iron Works, which still occupies it, the building has been occupied and owned by that company and his family since the 1940s. The building, over the years, despite being a working warehouse, has kept the important elements of its original design and its original function.
 
Appearance
216 9th Ave North is located on the west side of 9th Avenue North, slightly north of the southwest corner of 9th Avenue North and John Street, which is currently occupied by a parking lot. This is a high, one story building, with an addition or series of additions that make it L-shaped in plan. Mainly of concrete block, with smooth concrete finish on the main 9th Avenue North façade, the building has a flat roof and a simple parapet. The original building, located to the north, appears to have been rectangular in plan and has a distinctive façade along 9th Avenue. While a garage door opening is set to the north, the other punched openings are set at various heights along the short façade. The garage door is followed by a long vertical window opening, set at the same height as the top of the garage door opening, and divided vertically into five pairs of slightly elongated lights. Following this, is a much smaller punched opening, set at a much lower height. The top of this opening lines up with the top of the normal sized door opening which follows it. The sill of the small window is also lower than the sill of the longer vertical window, but both window openings have similar extruded sills in concrete. The doorway has a similar, but deeper, cantilevered overhang in concrete with curved edges (in plan). The last bay consists of a large, lower window, elongated in shape, three panes wide by three panes long; this is topped by a more square shaped window, which is three panes wide by two panes long. Both windows have the characteristic sills. Another feature is the iron-work on the small window, which consists of a pattern of interwoven and repeated curved shapes.

Detail for 216 9th AVE / Parcel ID 1988201555 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Concrete, Concrete - Block Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Industry/Processing/Extraction - Manufacturing Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Concrete - Block No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
Drawings, Microfiche Files, Department of Planning and Development.

Photo collection for 216 9th AVE / Parcel ID 1988201555 / Inv #


Photo taken Feb 10, 2005

Photo taken Mar 14, 2004
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