Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Architect's Conception of the L.E. Belcourt Building, 1927

Groundbreaking was in August, 1927; the building was finished on January 4, 1928. This building was built for W. L. Eaton, a Dodge dealer. By the 1930s, he had acquired a Hudson franchise.
W. L. Eaton had closed by 1940, and the L.E. Belcourt Co. moved into the building in 1941, and remained there until 1978.

L.E. Belcourt,1950

University Motors, as it looked in 1927

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

LaBonte Rambler (1964)

After Frank E. Rhodes was renamed LaBonte Rambler, LaBonte sold and serviced Studebakers until the 1965 model year, according to the South King County Telephone Directory from 1964. The building looks very similar to one in Grants Pass, Oregon :

L. E. Belcourt Interior--Used Car Department, 1941

The Sands Motor Company

11th Avenue and East Pike Street

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Studebaker Center Salon, 2004

Photos from the King County Assessor's Office
The open area from the 1950s picture was filled in by the SCM (Smith-Corona-Marchant) Corporation during the mid 1960s. In the late 1960s, Smith-Corona typewriters were sold out of this building.

The Studebaker Center Salon--2112 6th Avenue, Seattle

This building was built in 1952, for the Anderson Buick Company. By 1959, following the introduction of the Studebaker Lark, this building became home to The Studebaker Center Salon. It should be noted that the address in the advertisement (above) is incorrect--it was actually located at 2112 6th Avenue. In 1966, it became home to a Smith-Corona typewriter dealer, which stayed there well into the 1980s.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hutchins' Kar Mart, Inc, 1104 North Wenatchee Ave Wenatchee, WA

As it looks in 2010--After Studebaker, it was home to Wenatchee Lincoln-Mercury, after briefly selling Simcas and Fiats.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

...And who can forget The Studebaker Center?

Opened in 1958, The Studebaker Center was the largest Studebaker dealership in Western Washington. In addition to being the biggest, they also held the contract for the fleet vehicles for the City of Seattle. The Studebaker Center moved into this building, located at 753 9th Avenue North, in Seattle, in 1958. In 1963, it held the contract for all of Seattle's official Motor Pool. It continued to sell Studebaker until 1966, when the dealership became Scott Toyota. In 1989, Frank Kenney bought the dealership, which became Kenney Toyota. The building is currently an architecture office.
From The Seattle Times, March 17, 1963

Star Studebaker, Kirkland

An assessed value card, courtesy of the Puget Sound Regional Archives.

Doxon & Son, Auburn

Images courtesy of Doxon Toyota

Monday, June 20, 2011

Frank E. Rhodes, Renton

A similar wing was added after this photograph was taken in 1954.
Above:330 Main Avenue South in 2011
This dealership sold both Nash/Rambler and Studebaker-Packard cars. In 1964, the dealership had become known as LaBonte Rambler.