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Summary for 4021 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 7886100540 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Rainier Ornamental Iron & Wire Works Common Name: Touratech
Style: Other - Industrial Neighborhood: Duwamish
Built By: Year Built: 1931

Plat: South Seattle Add, Block: 12, Lot: 1-2

Although alterations have occurred particularly to the glazing on the main facade, this simple building has retained important architectural features. Aside from the actual exterior walls and parapet detailing, the original openings on the main façade have been maintained. The replacement glazing, although clearly new, does not detract that much from the original appearance as shown in the King County property record card. Original drawings do not seem to be available. According to the King County Assessor’s Record card, the building was constructed in 1931. During the 1930s, the building housed the Rainier Ornamental Iron and Wire Works, which remained at least until the mid-1960s. Arthur L. Lang bought the building in 1940.  By the late 1940s, the building also housed another business with a similar name, Rainier Metal Fabricators. By 1970, the Alco Metal Steel Fabrication Company occupied the building. A sampling of listings in local directories from 1970, 1980 and the late 1980s, describe the building as being vacant. The U.S. outlet or possibly one of several outlets for Touratech, originally founded in Germany, currently occupies it. Among other products, the firm deals in special gear for “large touring and adventure” motorcycling. Among other products, it sells motorcycle parts, navigation equipment and related tools.


Additional Sources, and,  accessed July 2010.


This one story building is located on the northwest corner of Airport Way South and S Dakota Street. Rectangular in plan, although with a very slight irregularity, it has a flat roof and parapet. Exterior walls are of concrete with an exterior coat of stucco. The main façade along Airport Way South is divided into three bays, marked by thin, raised portions of the parapet, set between the bays. These raised portions of parapet act visually, at least, like engaged piers or pilasters. They mark the edges of the façade, as well as the edges of the central bay. Above the parapet, they are also stepped.

A large double door, flanked to each side by multi-pane sidelights, marks the central bay. The northern bay includes a door, topped by a separate clerestory window. To the south of this, there is a large window opening subdivided into three in the horizontal direction and into two (unequal) sections in the vertical direction. The actual glazing is replacement multi-pane glazing with a grid of false muntins. At the south bay, similar glazing fills the two openings to each side of a  doorway, topped by an overhang. Doors, which include glazing, as well as the overhang are currently painted orange.

The south elevation also includes window openings, with what looks like original multi-pane sash, (or a very good replacement in kind). The actual elevation steps down in height toward the west. Smaller windows on the front or eastern part of the elevation are followed a series of taller and wider glazed, multi-pane openings on the west side of the elevation. The last opening is a tall double door, topped by a multi-pane transom.

Detail for 4021 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 7886100540 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Concrete, Stucco Foundation(s): Other
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: one
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Storefront: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 4021 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 7886100540 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 20, 2010
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