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Ford McKay Building and Pacific McKay Building
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601-615 Westlake Avenue N
Architect: Warren H. Milner, 1922, and Pacific McKay Building, Harlan Thomas and Clyde Grainger, 1925.
William Osborne McKay opened his business in 1922, catering to the
ever-growing desire for personal automobile ownership among Seattle
residents. Three years later McKay built a glamorous terra-cotta-clad
showroom with vaulted ceiling and an interior terra-cotta fountain at
the corner of Westlake and Mercer next to his original building.
Westlake Avenue was a Seattle urban "auto row" -- by 1939 some 40
automobile-related businesses could be found on the 12-block stretch of
Westlake near South Lake Union.
McKay, an active civic booster and one of the founders of Seafair, was a
major property owner in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Architects
Thomas and Granger also designed Harborview Hospital, the Sorrento
Hotel, and the Corner Market Building at Pike Place Market. In 2006 the
exteriors of both Pacific McKay and Ford McKay and portions of their
interiors were designated city landmarks by the Seattle Landmarks
As of 2011 the Ford McKay building has been disassembled and its parts have been stored. Re-assembly is planned.
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