Ballou Wright Building

1517 12th Ave

1937

The Ballou Wright Building was built in 1917 by Ira S. Harding, a well-regarded architect and builder of specialized industrial buildings. Oscar Ballou and Charles Wright had sold their bicycle business in Montana and moved to Portland, OR to enter the auto industry. They used this building on 12th Avenue in Seattle as their head office, parts warehouse, and service center for over thirty years.

 

1517 12th Ave

1937

The Ballou Wright Building was built in 1917 by Ira S. Harding, a well-regarded architect and builder of specialized industrial buildings. Oscar Ballou and Charles Wright had sold their bicycle business in Montana and moved to Portland, OR to enter the auto industry. They used this building on 12th Avenue in Seattle as their head office, parts warehouse, and service center for over thirty years.

 

Pre-Renovation

2010

In 2010, Hunters Capital purchased the Ballou Wright Building and commenced interior and exterior renovations.

Pre-Renovation

2010

In 2010, Hunters Capital purchased the Ballou Wright Building and commenced interior and exterior renovations.

Renovation

May 17, 2011

The first floor’s high-ceilinged interior was remodeled with the intention of preserving some of the building’s unique historic features. The renovation added a modern touch to the former auto warehouse’s open space. That included the restoration of a twenty-foot-high ladder/shelving apparatus, refurbishment of the original timber floors, and transformation of an enormous old safe vault into a small bar. The finicky, original freight elevator was kept, but unfortunately its unreliable nature has finally bested its Flapper-era charm; it will be replaced before the end of 2018.

Renovation

May 17, 2011

The first floor’s high-ceilinged interior was remodeled with the intention of preserving some of the building’s unique historic features. The renovation added a modern touch to the former auto warehouse’s open space. That included the restoration of a twenty-foot-high ladder/shelving apparatus, refurbishment of the original timber floors, and transformation of an enormous old safe vault into a small bar. The finicky, original freight elevator was kept, but unfortunately its unreliable nature has finally bested its Flapper-era charm; it will be replaced before the end of 2018.

Ballou Wright Building

2014

The Ballou Wright building contains 27,000 SF of creative office space. The building’s healthy mix of small and medium sized firms demonstrates the entrepreneurial character present in the historic structure. Juicebox Café, a healthy, vegetable-focused juicing joint occupies the sole retail spot facing 12th Ave.

Ballou Wright Building

2014

The Ballou Wright building contains 27,000 SF of creative office space. The building’s healthy mix of small and medium sized firms demonstrates the entrepreneurial character present in the historic structure. Juicebox Café, a healthy, vegetable-focused juicing joint occupies the sole retail spot facing 12th Ave.