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Summary for 2326 6th AVE / Parcel ID 0697000265 / Inv #

Historic Name: Farmers Insurance Group Common Name: Antioch University
Style: Modern Neighborhood: Denny Triangle
Built By: Year Built: 1951; 1956
 
Significance
The northern portion of this two-story concrete building was constructed in 1951 for the Sixth & Battery Corporation and served as offices for the Farmers Insurance Group. The southern section was designed in 1956 for the Sixth Avenue Corporation (perhaps the same company as the earlier one). The later design was from the firm of noted architect Henry Bittman, but was done after his death in 1953. It appears that the two building were joined together in 1959, and they may have been deisgned for this purpose. The buildings housed various office uses until the late 1990s, when they were remodeled by Antioch University. The fa├žade was modernized with new wider aluminum sash replacing the many of the original steel and aluminum window frames. Some storefronts and entries were also updated. In the early 1950s construction was recovering after World War II, and some developers took advantage of lower land prices in the eastern portion of the regrade because of the convenient location close to downtown and SR 99. However, this office building was something of a pioneer in this vicinity at the time, surrounded by auto lots and, in the late 1950s-60s, motels. The regrading east of Fifth Avenue was not finished until 1930, and, due to the Depression and war, little development occurred for several decades. Even today, there is little office use here.
 
Appearance

Detail for 2326 6th AVE / Parcel ID 0697000265 / Inv #

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Education
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.

Photo collection for 2326 6th AVE / Parcel ID 0697000265 / Inv #


Photo taken Mar 18, 2007
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