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Washington Car Showrooms & Dealerships

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Ford McKay Building
Seattle, WA

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The Ford McKay Building was built in 1922. This building and the Pacific McKay Building described below were vacant and endangered for many years. The buildings were demolished in 2009 for road widening. Before the demolition, the facades were preserved and removed. They were reinstalled on the new building which replaced them. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Pacific McKay Building
Seattle, WA

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2015:
The Pacific McKay Building was adjacent to the Ford McKay Building described above. It was built in 1925 and originally displayed luxury Lincoln automobiles. There was a Lincoln-Mercury neon and bulb sign on the roof which was removed in 2003. The Pacific McKay Building was demolished in 2009 for road widening. However, the facade and parts of the interior were saved. They have been incorporated into the new development. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Mueller-Harkins Buick
Tacoma, WA
The Mueller-Harkins Buick dealership opened here in 1948. Each of the rounded portions of the buildings have turntables which would spin the cars in a circle (see third photo in second row above). The building now houses a vintage car dealership. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Classiness Automotive Sales
Tacoma, WA
The Classiness Automotive Sales building was built in 1958. It previously housed the Baydo Auto Outlet and the Parkland Auto Center. This building may have originally housed a new car dealership. [map]

Manley Thompson Ford
Tacoma, WA
former Mell Chevrolet
Shelton, WA
The Manley Thompson Ford dealership was designed by E. J. Breseman and built in 1918. When the building was remodeled in 1931, it was combined with the adjacent building and became part of the Crescent Ballroom. [map]

This Mell Chevrolet building has been here since at least 1955. The building was vacant when this photo was taken in 2015. [map]

former Hahn Motor Company
Yakima, WA
2008: 2015:
The Hahn Motor Company supposedly opened here in 1984. I don't know what dealership was here before that. Since around 2014, this building has housed Better All Auto Sales even though the Hahn Motor Co. letters are still there. [map]

former Fred Becker Motors
Walla Walla, WA
This building housed Fred Becker Motors from the late 1940s until 1958, selling Dodge and Plymouth automobiles. I believe there were other dealership buildings located on the site earlier. From around 1959-1961, the building housed Moore Buick. The building now houses the Doubleback Winery. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Savidge Plymouth & Dodge
Seattle, WA
The Savidge Plymouth & Dodge dealership was designed by Naramore, Bain, Brady, & Johanson. It was built from 1947-1948. The dealership operated here until the late 1970s. The City acquired the building in the early 1980s for use as a library for the blind. Since 1983, the building has housed the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library. The original car turntable is still there under the carpeting. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Westlund Buick Pontiac GMC Truck
Seattle, WA
2008: 2015:
The Westlund Buick Pontiac GMC Truck showroom was built in the late 1960s for Bud Meadows Pontiac. By 2014, the building was housing First National Fleet & Lease. [map]

Dick Lewis Pontiac-Cadillac
Olympia, WA
The Dick Lewis Pontiac-Cadillac showroom was designed by Bennett & Johnson and built in 1964. When these photos were taken in 2015, the building was vacant. [map]

Chaplins Chevrolet
North Bend, WA
Chaplins Chevrolet Quick Lube Center
North Bend, WA
2008: 2015:
Chaplins Chevrolet has apparently repurposed a couple of buildings downtown (top row). Does anyone know more about these buildings? The Quick Lube Center was originally a Texaco Mattawan gas station. [map]; [Quick Lube Center map]

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