Omaha, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle: Beebe and Runyan Furniture hit all the high spots. According to the City of Seattle, they likely occupied this location in what was formerly known as the Denny Triangle from the mid-1950s to the 1970s, which might explain why the red paint still looks relatively fresh. The building itself was built in 1910 as a warehouse with ground floor storefronts beneath an “overhanging classical cornice” since “lost.” From about 1936 to at least 1955, the building was occupied by the Northwestern Furniture Sales Company.
In the City of Seattle’s words:
By 1978, the building’s use was re-established as a factory, for the manufacture of ski clothing. In 1998 and currently, the building houses Yuen Lui’s photographic laboratory.
I don’t know if the building still houses a photo lab, but it’s seemed very quiet the few times I’ve passed by. These days it’s one of the few buildings from that era still standing in the South Lake Union area, surrounded by shiny, mostly residential, towers in the style of Vancouver BC.
And what of Beebe and Runyan? The main thing that shows up on Google is the residential loft conversion of their namesake building in Omaha. In Seattle, the closest thing is Sandstedt’s Beebe and Runyan Furniture in Tukwila.