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Summary for 1518 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666206440 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Frederick & Nelson Warehouse Common Name: McKinnon Furniture/Bogart Golf
Style: Commercial - Chicago School Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1907
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.

This six-story building, designed by architect W.D. Van Siclen, was constructed in circa 1907 for use as the Frederick & Nelson Department Store warehouse. It is a good example of a Chicago style commercial warehouse from the early part of the 20th Century. Similar warehouses are more concentrated in Pioneer Square. Located in the former Seattle tidelands area, this building is directly associated with the historic development of the area as a transportation-related industrial manufacturing and commercial warehouse district. Especially between 1900 and 1910, the city experienced rapid commercial development and economic prosperity that fostered the outward expansion of the commercial core of Pioneer Square. The tidelands were filled through a series of successive grading and fill projects between 1895 and 1929, creating developable land that made the expansion of railroad and port facilities possible and fostering the development of the area for commercial use that supported significant economic progress of the city in the early 20th century.

This building has served as a warehouse for General Western Electric (1912-1914), Sears Roebuck Warehouse (1920) and Taylor Edwards Warehouse & Transfer Company (1928 thru at least 1937). The building was initially owned by Judge A. L. Palmer. Palmer had arrived in Seattle from Nebraska in 1882. In addition to his legal career, Palmer became a successful real estate investor and developer, acquiring property in both Seattle and Tacoma. In 1910 Palmer constructed another notable warehouse, known as the A.L. Palmer Building, at 1000 First Avenue South. The Palmer Building (designed by George C. Dietrich) is a contributing resource in the Seattle Pioneer Square Special Review District (It is not part of the NR district) and is notable for its decorative Beaux-Arts terra cotta details.

William Doty Van Siclen (1865-1951) was born in Michigan, and practiced architecture in San Jose California before arriving in Seattle in 1901. He initially worked as a draftsman with James Stephen and Saunders & Lawton. From 1902-1912, he managed his own practice in Seattle before moving to Vancouver, B.C. His most notable works in Seattle include the Eitel Building (c. 1904), the San Remo Apartment Building (1907), and the Northern Bank & Trust Company Building / Seaboard Building (c.1906), all of which are designated as Seattle Landmarks.

This rectangular six-story brick Chicago School style warehouse building is prominently sited near the southeast corner of 1st Ave S and S Atlantic Street, directly south of Safeco Field. The building measures 60 feet wide and 150 feet deep. It has a three bay composition on the primary facade, with bays terminating at the fifth floor in Romanesque arches.The projecting metal cornice with dentil course and Nouveau-inspired medallions framing the arched bays on the facade are notable features. Alterations to the windows and storefronts do not appear to have significantly altered the historical appearance of the building.


Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Project, Vol. 3: Specialized Technical Information,” Seattle, WA: Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District. August, 1996.

DON Historical Sites database; Summary for 1000 1st Ave (A.L. Palmer Bldg.)

Kroll Map Co, 1914, 1920

Detail for 1518 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666206440 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s):
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Warehouse Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Brick No. of Stories: six
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
Baist Maps of 1905, 1908 and 1912.

Photo collection for 1518 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666206440 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 04, 2007

Photo taken Mar 04, 2007
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