(This photo and the next 8 by Mark Cohan)
What could be spookier than a big empty, long-vacant building? One of the biggest ones in West Seattle, the former Huling Chevrolet showroom, is no more on this extended Halloween weekend, as teardown concludes. Mark Cohan, who lives near Fauntleroy/Edmunds, “compiled a sort of photo essay of the old building just a few weeks before it was razed” – and shared the images, including the one above, as one last look. See more ahead (plus a few extra late-in-the-demolition photos of ours):
As you probably know, this site will become part of the largest development yet in West Seattle, The Whittaker – ~400 apartments, ground-floor retail including a grocery store, and ~600 parking spaces.
The building had been empty for almost seven years – the backstory’s here.
County records say it was built more than half a century ago, in 1952.
It was a classic car-showroom building, big walls of glass:
We reported first word of the development proposal two years ago, and even once the building was fenced off, vandals still had a field day:
The “Alki in the Twenties” mural on the building’s eastern face could not be saved, the project team said, but it will be re-created on the new building.
Thanks to Mark Cohan for sharing his photos.
Below, two of our unpublished views from the demolition – the south side and the east side:
(One of the more interesting published views was this one.) The only structure now left standing between Edmunds/40th/Alaska/Fauntleroy after 3 weeks of teardown is the Alki Masonic Center, which is not part of the project, and will remain. Its parking lot is currently closed because work to shore it up is being done by the developer; in the meantime, its members, guests, and visitors have temporary parking on the east side of Fauntleroy. Construction of The Whittaker project is expected to take about two years.
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