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Summary for 2020 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 7666202895 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: James Henry Packing Company Common Name: 2020 Airport Way S
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Duwamish
Built By: Year Built: 1929

 Although the main façade has been considerably altered and the side elevations have been covered over, the outline of the original structure is still partially visible behind the façade. There are no original drawings. Based on the King County Tax Assessor’s Record Card, the building was initially constructed in 1929. It is typical of heavy timber industrial sheds found in the Industrial District, although, in general, their number in Seattle in general is dwindling. Still, of those that remain, this one is not as intact as other examples. On the other hand, the building has a presence and some prominence along Airport Way South. Fairly early on, the James Henry Packing Company occupied the building. James Henry apparently owned the land on which the building sits as early as 1926. The building is now an art studio. Local directories do not list the given address until around 1974, when the building housed Colby & Dickinson, apparently a retail lumber store. Colby & Dickinson remained in the building until at least 1980, to be replaced by a Starbucks Coffee during the late 1980s.

This altered frame shed has a main façade that has been rebuilt and redesigned. Behind the new main façade, the original frame structure with monitor roof remains. The building footprint is approximately 44 feet along Airport Way South by 112 feet in length. The slightly canted clerestory windows of the monitor roof are closed off and a plexiglass material has been added on the lower side walls. The building was initially designed as a one-story warehouse space, which also included two office spaces. The garage entry on the south side of the current façade corresponds to a similar service entry on the original building. A central second story opening is roughly in the same location as an original opening, although it appears to be lower in height. To the north of the garage/service entry, the doorway flanked by two large window openings is a new feature.

Detail for 2020 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 7666202895 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Other, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Monitor Roof Material(s): Metal
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Warehouse Plan: Pavilion
Structural System: Braced Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Agriculture, Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Drawings, Microfiche Files, Department of Planning and Development.

Photo collection for 2020 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 7666202895 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 16, 2010
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