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Summary for 1911 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666207135 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: MacWhyte Company Common Name: The Paper Zone
Style: Commercial, Other - Industrial Neighborhood: Duwamish
Built By: Year Built: 1938
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).

This one story warehouse building, whose address was formerly “87 Holgate,” was built in 1938. A typical industrial building, it retains a significant amount of its original steel sash and its exterior walls. It also stands out because of its irregular shape and especially the chamfered apex set between Utah and Holgate Streets. Based on an original photo taken soon after its completion, it has retained its integrity. Despite this, an early note on the King County Tax Assessor’s record card noted  (probably in 1939): “Bldg. is cheaply constructed, particularly roof, will no doubt have trouble with leaks in time due to the long span.” As of 1931, John Moran was apparently the owner of the lot, which the building shares with two other less significant buildings from roughly the same period.

During the late 1930s, the building housed the MacWhyte Company, Manufacturers. By 1965, the firm was listed in Polk’s Seattle Directories as “MacWhyte Company, Wire Rope Manufacturers,” and shared the building with Pacific Wire Rope. The MacWhyte Company remained in the building at least until 1974. By late 1980s, the West Coast Paper Company occupied the building.

This one story building has a partially rectilinear plan, including two parallel sides, one 130 feet, the other 165 feet, separated by 74 feet. The 130’ side faces east and is hidden behind another structure, while the 165’ side faces Utah Street. The south elevation, corresponding to the 74 foot length adjoins another building. The remaining sides, 82 feet and 6 feet, respectively, complete the five-sided polygon. The 82 foot and 6 foot sides more or less face Holgate Street, with the 82 foot elevation facing northeast and the much shorter elevation facing northwest. The structure includes brick walls and concrete exterior wall and infill, as well as an original heavy timber interior structure. The building has a flat roof and parapet.

The northeast elevation, a primary one, includes three large storefront openings. In particular, the two storefront openings on the west side of the elevation include three sections of plate glass, topped at the transom level by two horizontal rows of multi-pane steel sash. Based on an early photo, these appear to be original. The main entry on the east side of the elevation includes a new double door, recessed between angled storefronts; however, the transom lights above are similar to those of the two other bays. The west elevation facing South Utah Street has exterior concrete cladding (if not wall), with large trabeated openings. These openings are filled with large expanses of (weathered) steel multi-pane sash.

Detail for 1911 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666207135 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick, Concrete, Metal, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Industry/Processing/Extraction - Manufacturing Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Mixed No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Storefront: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator
Polk’s Seattle Directories 1920-1926

Photo collection for 1911 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666207135 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010
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