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Summary for 1401 S JACKSON ST S / Parcel ID 3320000350 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Sure Fit Auto Cover Common Name:
Style: Modern - Populuxe/Googie, Roadside Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1956
This small retail commercial building was constructed in 1956 and is typical of small commercial retail buildings constructed along major transportation corridors at mid-century. It was originally an auto upholstery shop and currently serves as an office for an architecture firm

Rainier Avenue South extends south from Jackson Street into the Rainier Valley. As early as 1891, an electric railway connected downtown Seattle with the Rainier Valley, via Washington and Jackson Streets. The line was extended to Renton by 1896. The Rainier Valley became more accessible through the Jackson Street Regrade and the Dearborn Cut (1907-1909), which improved connections from the waterfront to the Rainier Valley, facilitating the transportation of people and goods to and from downtown and the valley. By the 1920s and 1930s the area continued as a significant transportation corridor with the additions of automotive sales and service-related businesses and commercial businesses associated with automobile transportation development patterns, a trend that continued into the mid-century. Current development patterns, such as a new Sound Transit link serving the Rainier Valley and Columbia City areas, ensure Rainier Avenue’s continued significance as a transportation corridor.

This modest one-story concrete block commercial building is characterized by its low horizontal massing and spreading gable roof with wide eaves and the glass plate and aluminum frame storefront extending across the entire primary façade. It is located on a prominent corner at a highly traveled street intersection. The original neon signage indicating the original tenant as “Sure Fit” auto cover upholstery shop, which added to its character as roadside architecture, has been removed. The building is otherwise relatively intact.


Detail for 1401 S JACKSON ST S / Parcel ID 3320000350 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete - Block Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Specialty store Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Concrete - Block No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Transportation
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

Photo collection for 1401 S JACKSON ST S / Parcel ID 3320000350 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jun 24, 2010
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