Structure Type: built works _ industrial buildings - processing plant

Designers: Graham and Myers, Architects (firm); John Graham Sr. (architect/engineer); David John Myers (architect)

Dates: constructed 1905-1906

Seattle, WA

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This plant for James Henry's meat packing company was being planned in 10/1905, and was to replace an earlier processing facility on the same site. The Seattle Times described the new Henry facility being considered: "Plans and specification are being prepared by Architects Graham and Meyers [sic] for a new packing house for James Henry. The old Henry plant on the Grant Street bridge will be torn down to make room for the new buildings. The main structure will be 50x80 feet and will be of concrete and all attachments will be thoroughly sanitary and up-to-date. Special care is being taken with the killing room, so that no odors or offal will have a chance to escape to the outer air. The latest and most modern machinery will be placed in the cold storage rooms. The cost of the building will be about $15,000, and that of the machinery much more." (See "Month of September Shows Big Volume of Realty Transfers," Seattle Times, 10/01/1905, Social Section, p. 5.) Muck-raking writer Upton Sinclair's book, The Jungle, was published in 1906, but serialized in the Socialist newspaper, Appeal to Reason, in 1905. Its appearance sparked wide public controversy about slaughterhouse conditions and concerns for worker safety and public health. As a result of the popular outcry and President Roosevelt's grudging acceptance of some of Sinclair's findings, two important pieces of legislation were passed in 1906: the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.

PCAD id: 19414