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Summary for 1526 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666206445 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: David Dow & Sons Common Name: Emerald Market Supply
Style: Commercial, Vernacular Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1901

This building has been attributed a construction date of 1901, but the date has not been confirmed. The original owner/tenant and/or use of the building is unknown, but in the 1930s it was occupied by David Dow & Sons, a building machinery leasing firm.The current building owner, Electric Motors, Inc, a motor repair and distributor, occupied the building since shortly after World War II. It is currently leased as a business office.

Located in the former Seattle tidelands area, this building is 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.The building has been altered and does not retain the architectural integrity to be considered significant. (This building has previously been determined not eligible for the National Register by the Washington SHPO).

This modest building is highly altered. It is a flat-roofed rectangular building of wood frame construction and provides approximately 12,100 square feet of tenant space on two floors. The primary elevation facing west on 1st Ave S., is clad in vertical boards at the lower level and horizontal aluminum siding at the upper level. The single door aluminum frame entry is at the center and a garage door is to the left of the entry. Windows are contemporary aluminum sash and plate glass. The rear of the building has three garage doors, a single entry door, and no windows and is clad in horizontal siding.

Detail for 1526 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666206445 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Metal - Aluminum Siding, Vertical - Boards, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Warehouse Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Commerce
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Storefront: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator.
Sheridan, M. Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Project DEIS, Historic Resources Inventory

Photo collection for 1526 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666206445 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 16, 2008
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