AKA: Pantorium Laundry Company, Laundry Facility, Cascade Seattle, WA; New Richmond Laundry Company, Laundry Facility, Cascade Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - stores; built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses; built works _ industrial buildings - processing plant

Designers: Bruck, Richards and Chaudiere (BRC), Incorporated, Acoustics and Audiovisual Design (firm); Harding, Ira S., Architect (firm); Holmes Electric Company (firm); Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) Structural + Civil Engineers (firm); Murase Associates, Incorporated (firm); Naramore, Bain, Brady, and Johanson, (NBBJ) (firm); Umbrecht, Max, Architect (firm); William James Bain Jr. (architect); Clifton J. Brady (architect); Daniel C. Bruck (acoustical engineer); Herbert T. Chaudiere (acoustical engineer); Ira S. Harding (architect); Jay E. Holmes (electrical engineer); Perry Bertil Johanson (architect); Scott J. Johnson (architect); Floyd Archibald Naramore (architect); Roy L. Richards (acoustical engineer); Brent Rogers (architect); Maximilian B. Umbrecht (architect); Alan Young (architect)

Dates: constructed 1917

3 stories

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224 Pontius Avenue North
Cascade, Seattle, WA 98109-5493

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Building History

Owner W.H. Weaver commissioned the Seattle architect, Max Umbrecht, to design this power laundry in 1917. Umbrecht obtained a building permit on 07/13/1917 and the building opened to the public on 11/20/1917. The building originally had two stories, but another was added in 1931.


A number of alterations occurred to the building over the years, including in 1925 (construction of a 1-floor garage), 1926 (chimney repaired), 1929 (addition of a dry house), 1931 (chimney shortened, floor added), 1944 (alterations to meet new mill classification regulations) and 1948 (steel reinforcement added). (The web site, "Home and Dry Gazette," has an extensive history of the Metropolitan Laundry Company Building including alterations.Accessed 03/26/2010)

The building's facade was landmarked by the City of Seattle; its brick exterior was amalgamated into the Alley24 mixed-use development undertaken by Paul Allen's Vulcan Development Company.