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Summary for 1500 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 600300-1130 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: unknown Common Name: Segal Center, SCCC
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Pike/Pine
Built By: Year Built: 1925

This large concrete building in the heart of Auto Row is now used by Seattle Central Community College, which has restored it for administrative use while retaining much of its original character.  The Pike/Pine/Broadway vicinity became Seattle’s Auto Row shortly after the first automobile was offered for sale here in 1905.  For the next twenty years virtually all local auto dealers and numerous auto-related businesses were located here.  Nearly every building housed at least one dealership, service garage, parts dealer, paint shop or similar business.  “Auto Row” thrived with the strong economy of the 1920s.   However, the Great Depression of the 1930s led to general stagnation, and the neighborhood changed significantly after World War II.  Broadway High School closed in 1946, replaced by Edison Technical School, a vocational training institution.  Many houses became rentals, often being converted to multifamily or being replaced by institutional uses.  As the suburbs grew, most auto dealerships moved away from the congested city locations, although many parts dealers and service businesses remained.   The 1980s brought new development, as people returned to live in city neighborhoods.  Seattle Central Community College, the successor to Edison, demolished and replaced most of the old high school buildings in the 1970s.  The institution has continued to grow and now has several blocks of renovated and newly-constructed buildings such as this one.  

This large two-story building is on the northeast corner of Harvard Avenue and E. Pike Street, behind the main buildings of SCCC.  It has a flat roof with a parapet and a prominent cornice.  The building is of reinforced concrete construction clad originally with brick.  The original garage door openings have recently been re-clad with decorative ceramic tile. A large recessed entry with handicapped access has been built on the west facade.  The large display windows with four-light transoms are in groups of four on both the first and second stories.  The wood sash is comparable to the original.  

Detail for 1500 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 600300-1130 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Ceramic tile Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Education
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
Williams, Jacqueline B. The Hill with a Future: Seattle's Capitol Hill 1900-1946. Seattle: CPK Ink, 2001.

Photo collection for 1500 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 600300-1130 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jun 22, 2011
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