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Summary for 4740 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 2024049030 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Polyanna Cafe, Dinty Moore's Common Name: Dinty Moore's
Style: Commercial Neighborhood: Duwamish
Built By: Year Built: 1927
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).

Legal description: "North 80 feet of south 160 feet of portion Government lot 7 Ly between 8th Ave S & C & P S R/ W& north of north of Drewry Street." Tax Lot 30.

Original drawings for this building do not seem to be available. The building was designed as a store building, although the second floor now appears to be residential. Based on the King County Tax Assessor’s Record Card, the building dates from 1927. In many respects, the building seems typical of brick veneer clad buildings of its era, although it follows more closely the form of many apartment buildings of this period. Based on a photo from around 1936, the ground floor housed a café called the Polyanna Café. By 1950, the restaurant/café was called “Dinty Moore’s Tavern and Café,” which remained at least until 1974. Although the storefronts and main entry have clearly been replaced, the main facade has retained its original cladding, the fenestration of its upper level and other significant architectural detail.

By 1980, Net Tooling Die Makers occupied the building and remained until at least the end of the 1980s.


 This two-story building, which also has a basement level, is located north of South Edmunds Street, (formerly known as Drewry St), and on the east side of Airport Way South, an often congested thoroughfare. The building has a rectangular footprint, approximately 30 feet by 40 feet. The building has a wood frame structure, with exterior walls covered with brick veneer. It also has a flat roof and parapet. The main façade, which measures approximately 30 feet, faces Airport Way South. Its parapet is raised at its center in a low angled shape. Below this, just below the apex of the raised parapet and on the centerline of the façade, there is a larger diamond shape, created with angled bricks. Directly below the diamond shape, there is large opening, which contains one large window, flanked to each side by a narrower, multi-pane window. To each side of the central window opening, there are single windows, which are also multi-pane. A brick soldier course marks the top of all the openings, while a brick sill marks the bottom of each of the openings. There is also a smaller brick diamond shape above each of the flanking windows.  This portion of the façade is relatively intact.

The first level presents a central doorway, with a replacement door in aluminum frame, as well as a related sidelight to the north side of the door. To each side of the central doorway, there is a storefront, set over a brick sill. A continuous soldier course, which runs across the entire façade, ties all three ground level openings together. Each storefront, divided into three relatively large, oblong pieces of glass, replaced original storefront, which included a transom consisting of a horizontal row of multi-pane glass.

The south elevation, which once presented a series of window openings, now adjoins a simple frame building, with few openings. The north elevation, which has a few visible openings, which seem to be original, is also mostly not visible. The elevation is mostly hidden behind a mound of metal cylindrical containers.

Detail for 4740 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 2024049030 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Restaurant Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Commerce, Manufacturing/Industry
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Storefront: Extensive
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 4740 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 2024049030 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 11, 2010
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