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Summary for 4809 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 3958901255 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Kellogg & Son Common Name: Emerald City Bindery
Style: Commercial, Other - Industrial Neighborhood: Duwamish
Built By: Year Built: 1942
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).

Although definitely altered, this simple industrial building has retained original architectural features, including its exposed hollow clay tile walls and the somewhat distinctive wood sash windows on the north elevation facing Edmunds Street. In 1940, the property on which the building is located belonged to Broderick and Bascom Rope Company, which specialized in the manufacture of wire rope; however, this factory building was designed not long thereafter in 1942 for Kellogg & Son, which specialized in woodworking and cabinetry. Office space occupied a portion of the building, along the Airport Way South elevation, while the greater part of the plan appears to have been open and included an area for detail cabinetwork and a paint room. Kellogg & Son remained in the building at least until 1980. By the late 1980s, the building housed the Emerald City Bindery, which still occupies the building.


This one story building is located on the west side of Airport Way South, just north of Edmunds Street. Its exterior walls are made of hollow clay tile. The top level of the elevations, above the window openings, is currently painted, while, below that, the original clay tile is exposed and unpainted. The roof, which is flat, is of frame construction. The plan is approximately 144 feet along Airport Way South and 80 feet along Edmunds Street. The original interior structure includes a regular grid of wood posts, which define four bays in the east-west direction, parallel to Edmunds Street and six bays in the north-south direction, parallel to Airport Way South. The two main elevations are along Airport Way South and along Edmunds Street. As originally designed, each bay usually consisted of a double set of paired window openings. Original windows were of wood sash. With the exception of the first bay to the east, the Edmunds Street elevation, which faces north, is relatively intact and has its original wood sash windows. Each of these original windows presents two vertical rows of six panes each. In the case of the Airport Way South elevation, the sense of the original window openings, set to each side of a service entrance, has been maintained, but the openings have been partially filled in, with new single pane glazing replacing the original wooden multi-pane sash. This is a significant alteration.

Detail for 4809 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 3958901255 / 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: Industry/Processing/Extraction - Manufacturing Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Mixed No. of Stories: one
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.
Sanborn Map Company. Insurance Maps of Seattle, Washington. (New York, Sanborn Map Company, 1949-1950 update) 11 volumes.
Sanborn Map Company. Insurance Maps of Seattle, Washington. (New York, Sanborn Map Company, 1929-1930) Volumes 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Drawings, Microfiche Files, Department of Planning and Development.
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

Photo collection for 4809 AIRPORT WAY / Parcel ID 3958901255 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 11, 2010

Photo taken Apr 11, 2010
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