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Summary for 2915 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666207385 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Robinson Gear & Machine Works/ Caldwell Machinery & Co./ Harnischfleger Corporation Common Name: Year of the Monkey/ Industrial Pump Sales
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Duwamish
Built By: Year Built: 1929

This building is located on the west side of 1st Avenue South, not far from the corner of 1st Avenue South and Forest Street. It has a rectangular plan, roughly 60 feet, along 1st Avenue South, by approximately 148 feet. The building is two stories in height and has exterior walls of concrete. Much of the main façade is covered in brick veneer, although a top part of the parapet, including the raised portions of the parapet at the ends of the façade, is of concrete. A large sign was once attached across the length of the façade at this area of the parapet. The second level of the façade presents a series of rectangular openings, filled with original multi-pane steel sash. The central opening is the largest. To each side of the central opening, there are two good-sized, but narrower openings. Finally, at the ends of the façade, beneath each of the raised portions of the parapet, there is much narrower opening.

The ground floor openings include a series of storefronts with transoms, which, overall, do not seem to have changed markedly since the 1930s. On the other a central service opening is now the central doorway to the ground level. It includes double doors with sidelights and two large transoms overhead.

This building was constructed in 1929. By at least 1936, it housed Robinson Gear and Machine Works. Its façade has retained a good degree of integrity. Joseph Robinson bought the property in 1941. According to Polk’s Seattle Directories, from the late 1930s to at least the mid-1950s, the building officially housed the Harnischfleger Corporation, which specialized in machinery. By 1965, the Cascade Restaurant was listed as the main occupant. The building was sold to the MRY Corporation in 1966. By 1970, the Ederer Corporation was associated with the building and by the mid-1970s, Parts Warehouse Alaska, as well as B & C Supply. By 1980, the building once again housed a machine shop, Northwest Pressure Bar Incorporated. By 1990, Acme Tool and Specialty Company occupied the building.

Detail for 2915 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666207385 / 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): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Industry/Processing/Extraction - Manufacturing Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Storefront: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

Photo collection for 2915 1ST AVE / Parcel ID 7666207385 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 10, 2010
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