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Property Name Colman Automotive Building
Reference Number 13000017
State Washington
County King
Town Seattle
Street Address 401 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 02/13/2013
Areas of Significance Commerce, Architecture
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The Colman Automotive Building is historically significant under criteria A as property that has a direct link to an early automobile-focused commerce and the development and growth of transportation in the city of Seattle. Additionally the building is historically significant under criteria C as a rare surviving example of its type, from the initial period of Auto Row'' architecture in the United States. Expressive in its ornamentation, structure and function, the building is the only currently- identified remaining significant example of the work of the firm of Webster & Ford Architects. The structure is also an early example of the work of Sherwood D. Ford, who would go on to become a prominent Seattle architect. The Colman Automotive Building has retained a high degree of integrity of its character-defining elements, a rarity in a neighborhood where most of the early automobile-oriented buildings have been altered or demolished.


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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria