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Summary for 1201 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666206966 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: American Warehouse Company Common Name: Pyramid Alehouse
Style: Commercial Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1914
This large warehouse was constructed in 1914 by the Oregan & Washington Railway, a subsidiary of the Northern Pacific. It was one of many built by the railway and intended for use by tenants in order to take advantage of the railway and marine access for the shipping and distribution of goods imported and exported via these important transportation networks. Early tenants included the A.M. Castle Company, and later the American Warehouse Company. The building was in use as a warehouse up until the 1950s, but was used as a truck sales and garage beginning in 1954-55. The Hart Brewing Company  acquired the building in 1995 and altered it over the years to accommodate three breweries and restaurant/tavern.

Located in the former Seattle tidelands area, the warehouse building is associated with the development of the area as a transportation-related industrial and commercial warehouse district. Between 1906 and 1914, the Milwaukee, Great Northern, Union Pacific, and Northern Pacific developed extensive rail yards and support facilities on the reclaimed tideflats. The historic Oregon and Washington Station (now Union Station, 1911), King Street Station (1906), and the railroad tunnel below downtown were also built during this time.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 is a large warehouse measuring 360 feet long on the 1st Avenue elevation and 72 feet deep and faced with red brick.It is rectangular in form with an L-shaped addition in the rear (west) that was constructed sometime after 1995 for use as a brewery.Other additions at that time included a loading dock. The change in use for the restaurant/tavern in 1999 resulted in alterations to the main (east) facade, including a new entry surrounded by large windows and covered by a large metal canopy. Large concrete stairs were added to access the new entry.All windows have been replaced. , while many windows on the first story have been covered with metal grills.Two secondary entries also have metal canopies. Other doors and windows open to a large outdoor patio.

The west elevation has a large central entry with a metal canopy, some secondary entries and enclosed spaces for mechanical equipment, as well as loading bays with roll up doors.Windows are single arched openings with double-hung sashes similiar to those on the east elevation. Those on the top third floor are spaced individually while the second and floor windows are grouped in threes. The north elevation has two recessed entries, a large multipaned window on the first story and other windows with arched openings similiar to those on the east elevation. The south elevation has similiar windows.


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.

Detail for 1201 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666206966 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Concrete Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Warehouse Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry, Transportation
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
Sheridan, M. Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Project DEIS, Historic Resources Inventory

Photo collection for 1201 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666206966 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 04, 2007

Photo taken Mar 04, 2007
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