Friday, September 25, 2009

Kelly Goodwin Hardwood

Harrison and Terry, South Lake Union

Looks like my favorite sketch artist, The Seattle Sketcher got to this before I did and caught "Oak and Maple" just below. Also, on the back side is "Butcher's Block Warehouse". This is the Terry Ave. Building (1915) which is being restored in LEED fashion.

Mohawk Apts.

12th and Jefferson, Capitol Hill

There's a lot going on here: "Mohawk Apts." is clear, then under that "For Vacant Lots in this Vicinity" and "Union Trust Co." Over the top of it all appears to once have been "KING SIZE COKE" though it is not clear whether this was Coke as in Coca-Cola, or Coke as in fuel or something else entirely. It seems to imply the cola, but I've never seen a Coke ad that wasn't in the stylized script. This is definitely a head scratcher. Also, apologies for the shadows but there isn't a better time of day to see the lettering this clearly. If you see more going on here, please comment!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The McKay block- Ad unknown

Mercer and Westlake, South Lake Union

I have absolutely no idea what this was an advertisement for, but I am very excited to have seen it and get the photo. The building that was torn down (foreground rubble) was the Pacific McKay building which is rumored to be being moved North a bit and fully rebuilt as it was on this corner. Some City of Seattle online documents indicate the remaining building, Ford McKay, will stay put and that the connecting hallways will be sealed. I'm very curious to see what becomes of this ghostie. provides an some interesting background on these buildings. What I find fascinating is that the Ford McKay building (which hosts the ghost sign) is a mere three years older than the Pacific building. The paint on the ad must have still been wet when the new building went up!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Beebe and Runyon

9th and Lenora, Downtown (Denny Triangle)

Omaha, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle

According to the Department of Neighborhoods, this warehouse was occupied by Beebe and Runyon from around 1936 to 1955.

Friday, September 11, 2009

2nd and Battery, Belltown

I believe this is now a nightclub which still uses the name Rendezvous.

J.T. Hardeman Hat Co.

Dexter and Republican, South Lake Union

Fun stuff!:
J.T. Hardeman Hat Co. was a uniform vendor for the National Park Service in the 1930's.

A cool Seattle P.I./Mohai photo

...and another

No. 108 1/2

1st Ave S. and Yesler, Pioneer Square

There are a whole lot of these tile signs in Pioneer Square, and I love them! For more information on the Lippy Building, please visit the Department of Neighborhoods website.