Stone Way Auto

Stone Way Auto is a 10,000-square-foot community event space located in a former manufacturing building at 3621 Stone Way, between Seattle’s Wallingford and Fremont neighborhoods.

Built in 1953, the unreinforced masonry building has been transformed into a multipurpose event and garage space. Work involved complicated structural stabilization and energy code upgrades.

The design adds a new mezzanine level, and a penthouse bar and deck at roof level. The mezzanine creates two intimate spaces within the larger volume of the building, with a dining area on the ground floor and a lounge area above. A new skylight draws daylight into the back of the building, illuminating a full commercial kitchen designed to serve 225-person events.

A set of two stairways connects all three levels, as does a new elevator and bathroom core. New metal siding, silver-painted plywood skylight frames, and steel stairs and railings complement the original industrial building.

Owner: Ira Gerlich

Architect: Robert Hutchison Architecture

General contractor: Blindheim Construction

Structural engineer: Swenson Say Faget

Geotechnical engineer: PanGeo

Plumbing engineer: Rainbow Consulting

Lighting design: SparkLab Lighting Design

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