In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This commercial building is in the Uptown neighborhood, with Wilson Machine Works established here in 1926. The metal working company began operation on January 2, 1926—the first new factory established that year in the state. The state had previously set a new annual record in 1925 with 177 new factories established, with hopes that this growth trend would continue into 1926.
Industrial and warehouse development along Elliott Avenue W was attributed to the growth of the business district north of Pike Street and a rising need for warehouses to support the north end. The south end relied on warehouses in south downtown (SoDo). The plant for the American Cracker Company was also built at this time along Elliott Avenue W. Francis McKay worked at the shop in 1944 and was the baritone for the Seattle Civic Opera Association.
The machine shop was opened by Robert John Wilson in 1926. As of 2018, the shop is operated by Robert David Wilson Jr., his son William Maxwell Wilson, and Keegan Carriveau. It’s a full metal working shop with several lathes, mills, and welding equipment. The company holds several patents related to elevator safety, repair, and maintenance.
The building retains an excellent level of integrity and is a good example of an industrial building within the neighborhood and the industrial growth of this area; it has significant associations with the Wilson family.
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed., Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Guide to the Architects (Seattle, University of Washington Press: 2014), 2nd edition.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938–1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890–1996.
Seattle Daily Times, November 02, 1924: 20.
Seattle Daily Times, January 15, 1926: 10.
Seattle Daily Times, February 07, 1926: 28.
Seattle Daily Times, December 03, 1947: 25.
Wilson Machine Works, “History,” accessed July 20, 2018, http://wilsonmachineworksseattle.com/history.htm