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Summary for 4810 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 3958901240 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Olympic Foundry Company Common Name: Old Swan Net
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Duwamish
Built By: Year Built: 1909
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).

Although windows and siding have been replaced and the building has definitely lost some integrity, this is still an intriguing example of an early frame building, used for industrial purposes. Based on the King County Tax Assessor’s Record card, it dates from 1909. The building has also retained its overall shape and general construction. By 1932, it was owned and occupied by the Olympic Foundry Company. It also adjoins another extant frame building, which has been even more extensively altered. During the 1930s, the Scanlon Machine Works occupied that building, which dates from 1906. Together, both buildings present a somewhat rare example of rustic style, wood frame buildings on this portion of Airport Way South, just south of Edmunds Street. A spur of the N. P. Railway ran behind and east of both buildings.

Additional Sources

Sanborn Maps, Vol 3. 1917, Plate 348.


This is a one and a half story wood frame, rustic building, located on the east side of Airport Way South, south of South Edmunds Street. It has a gable roof and original horizontal wood siding, as well as replacement vertical wood siding, on its west elevation facing Airport Way South. Metal siding has replaced original siding on the gable end at the south elevation. There is also an additional one-story lean-to added on the south side of the building. The west elevation now presents a doorway to the north, followed by three sets of paired double hung windows. This is consistent with a historical photo of the building, which dates from around 1936. Based on this photo, windows were double-hung, as they are today, but the present windows appear to be recent replacements. At the south end of the west elevation, the last window, which has two panes, appears to be a replacement for what was formerly a doorway.

There is less early documentation of the south elevation. The south facing gable end of the building presents three series of paired double hung windows, followed by another set of windows, both of which are bigger in size, at the second level. Sometime, after 2002, another larger set of paired double hung windows was added on the west side of this elevation

Detail for 4810 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 3958901240 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Metal - Aluminum Siding, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Metal
Building Type: Industry/Processing/Extraction - Manufacturing Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Braced Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Community Planning/Development, Manufacturing/Industry
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Windows: 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 4810 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 3958901240 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 11, 2010

Photo taken Apr 11, 2010
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