Owen Gump "Built Landscapes of the North Duwamish" Photographs, 2000-2002

Overview of the Collection

Gump, Owen
Owen Gump "Built Landscapes of the North Duwamish" Photographs
2000-2002 (inclusive)
20 photographic prints (1 box) ; 11 x 14 in.
Collection Number
Photographs by Owen Gump documenting Seattle's south downtown/north Duwamish industrial area.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Owen Gump's study of photography began in 2000, when he enrolled in an architectural photography course at the University of Washington. Adopting the documentary approach, which emphasizes description of the subject rather than a photographer's commentary, Gump researched and photographed the Duwamish industrial area of Seattle. The end result satisfied the senior capstone project requirement of the Community and Environmental Planning Program (Department of Urban Design and Planning), for the B.A. degree in Design and Planning Studies at the University of Washington.

For his work on "Built Landscapes of the North Duwamish," Gump received recognition as a Mary Gates Scholar and was given a Mary Gates Endowment for Student Leadership grant. His photographs for this project were displayed in shows at the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the University of Oregon Portland Center.

Following his work at the University of Washington, Owen Gump received a Fulbright grant to complete a similar project at a German university.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Part of the historic south downtown area that also includes Pioneer Square and the International District, the industrial landscape of the North Duwamish neighborhood reflects its position as the largest industrial and commercial area in the Pacific Northwest. This area of Seattle provides 25% of the city's tax base and over 70,000 jobs.

Source: South Downtown Foundation .

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains 20 black-and-white photographic prints by Owen Gump documenting industrial structures and landscapes in the south downtown/north Duwamish area of Seattle as they appeared in 2000-2002. The photographs were used in his "Built Landscapes of the North Duwamish," a photographic documentation of the area. Also included are Gump's senior capstone project report and a copy of Arcade magazine containing a photo-essay by Gump.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Donor retains copyright but gives the University of Washington a non-exclusive royalty free (NERF) agreement.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is arranged according to the photographer's original order.

Acquisition Information

Donor: Owen Gump, 2003.

Processing Note

Processed by Lew Guenther and Shannon Lynch, 2004.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


"Built Landscapes of the North Duwamish: Photographing Seattle's Industrial Core" Exhibition PrintsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1
Near South Lander Street
Washington Chain Supply Warehouse, 1st Avenue South at South Lander Street, looking east from the BNSF locomotive repair facility.
Nov. 2000
1 2
Containers, East Marginal Way
Containers stacked for loading, Terminal 30, looking south from the James Warren Public Shore Access Area.
June 2001
1 3
Ash Grove Cement, Duwamish Avenue South
3801 E. Marginal Way, looking southwest from Duwamish Avenue
July 2001
1 4
Derelict vans, Diagonal Avenue South
Abandoned delivery vans along Diagonal Avenue South, between East Marginal Way and the wildlife viewing area along the Duwamish River. A container repair facility with stacked containers and tractor-trailers is visible in the background (looking north).
July 2001
1 5
Lindmark Machine Works I
Lindmark Machine Works, 49 South Spokane Street, showing interior of the complex (looking southwest).
July 2001
1 6
Lindmark Machine Works II
West Seattle Freeway and onramp visible in the background (looking north).
July 2001
1 7
Gas tanks, Boeing Field
Jet fuel storage at Boeing industrial facility, South Webster Street off East Marginal Way (looking west).
Aug. 2001
1 8
Ben's Cleaner Sales, Inc., 4th Avenue South
A small family-owned cleaning supply shop, 2221 4th Avenue South (looking west).
Sept. 2001
1 9
Empty lot, 4th Avenue South
Located near Safeco Field, this was at one point a self-pay parking lot and now sits vacant. The figures in the background are part of an urban public art corridor along the Metro bus line (looking east).
Sept. 2001
1 10
Duwamish River from South Spokane Street
View north from public fishing bridge showing mouth of the Duwamish River, Harbor Island, and Seattle skyline.
Nov. 2001
2 11
Parking lot and warehouse, South Utah Street
View of an electric company supply warehouse and on-street parking, South Utah Street at 6th Avenue South (looking west).
Aug. 2001
2 12
Jacks, Inc. loading dock, South Idaho Street
Hydraulic equipment and supply shop, South Idaho Street at East Marginal Way (looking northwest). Ash Grove Cement Plant is visible in the background.
July 2000
2 13
Loading dock, South Idaho Street
Rear of building with door blocked for fire safety (looking southwest).
Aug. 2001
2 14
"Old Friends," 6th Avenue South
Spent wire coils, stacked for loading (looking southwest).
July 2001
2 15
Flynn's Café, Airport Way South
Diner at 2230 Airport Way South (view northeast).
Dec. 2001
2 16
Alleyway, South Atlantic Street
The building in the right of the frame is the Bemis Building, located on South Atlantic Street just east of Alaskan Way (looking south).
Oct. 2001
2 17
I-90 freeway from South Royal Brougham Way
Seahawks Stadium under construction and Bank of America Tower visible in the background (looking north).
Dec. 2001
2 18
Flour mill, Harbor Island
View of grain elevators at the historic Pendleton Flour Mill, Harbor Island (looking southwest from freeway overpass).
Nov. 2001
2 19
Flour storage, 6th Avenue South
Flour elevators at Gai's Northwest Bakery, 6901 6th Avenue South. These elevators are located at the rear of the building by the Metro bus line (looking northeast from bus line barricade).
Nov. 2001
2 20
Rail crossing, South Lander Street
A latticed-steel railroad signal and the Seattle skyline (looking north). The building on the right, the site of a high-tech business center, was undergoing extensive remodeling.
Oct. 2001

Documentation and PublicationReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
3 21
Senior capstone project report: "Built Landscapes of the North Duwamish: Photographing Seattle's Industrial Core"
A report of the project, including detailed description of images.
May 2002
4 22
Arcade: Architecture/Design in the Northwest, v. 21, no. 1
Included in this issue is Owen Gump's article, "Photo Essay: City Hall."
Autumn 2002

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Architecture, Industrial--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Industrial buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Warehouses--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Gump, Owen

Geographical Names

  • Duwamish River (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Architectural photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Photographs

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Subject Terms

  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)