AKA: Pacific McKay Automobile Showroom, South Lake Union, Seattle, WA; McKay Lincoln Dealership, South Lake Union, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - stores

Designers: Thomas, Harlan, Architect (firm); Irving Harlan Thomas (architect)

Dates: constructed 1925, demolished 2009

1 story

601 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109-4307

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Building History

The ambitious automobile retailer William Osborne McKay (1887-1956) built the Pacific McKay Showroom to display new Lincoln autombiles. It was one of the earliest showrooms on what was Seattle's Auto Row; in 1939, before post-World War II suburban sprawl, Westlake Avenue North and its near vicinity had more than 40 automotive businesses. His Lincoln dealership served as a pendant to McKay's Ford dealership located across the street.

While McKay commissioned Warren H. Milner (1865-1949) to design his earlier Ford dealership, he chose to hire the young architect Harlan Thomas (1870-1953) to create his Lincoln showroom.

Building Notes

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board met on 12/17/2008 to hear a briefing on a demolition proposal for the Pacific McKay and Ford McKay Buildings in order to widen Mercer Street. The LPB met on 01/07/2009 for further briefing on the Pacific McKay Building.


Demolished; The building was torn down in 2009; NBBJ Architects would design the next building on the site of the Ford McKay and Pacific McKay dealerships; their design had to incorporate the terra cotta cladding of the previous buildings.

PCAD id: 12206