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Summary for 85 S ATLANTIC ST S / Parcel ID 7666207070 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Pacific Commercial Building/Sound Produce Common Name: H. J. Heinz Company
Style: Commercial Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1937

This building was constructed in 1937 by the Oregon & Washington Railway, a subsidiary of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The company built numerous warehouse facilities in the area and leased them to tenants seeking to take advantage of the rail, road and maritime transportation connections for the distribution of goods. The primary tenant was the H. J. Heinz Company, a food products manufacturer. A larger warehouse addition was added to the south in 1946. Loading docks in the rear, which once served to provide access for loading directly onto railcars, is no longer used. The building is currently in use by Sound Produce as a transfer warehouse and all shipping of produce is done by trucks.

The warehouse, located in the former tidelands area, is associated with the development of the area as a transportation-related manufacturing and warehouse district. 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. Between 1906 and 1914, the Milwaukee, Great Northern, Union Pacific, and Northern Pacific, all national concerns, 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.

This warehouse has three sections. The north end is a two-story mill construction office building with brick veneer with an attached one-story warehouse on the south. The southernmost section is a larger reinforced concrete warehouse that was added in 1946. The office section has a mix of 3-over-3 and 3-over-one wood sash windows on the lower first story, north elevation and east elevations, while the windows on the second story are all newer metal sash. The south elevation is blank, while the west, alley elevation has two loading docks which originally were used for direct rail loading, but are no longer in use. The current primary loading docks on the east elevation has four large garage doors. One loading bay on the north end has been converted to a single entry door with wooden stairs and decking.

This building has previously been determined not eligible for NR listing by the Washington State SHPO.

Detail for 85 S ATLANTIC ST S / Parcel ID 7666207070 / 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): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Warehouse Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Mixed No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Transportation
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Sheridan, M. Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Project DEIS, Historic Resources Inventory

Photo collection for 85 S ATLANTIC ST S / Parcel ID 7666207070 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 16, 2008
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