The MarQueen

In 1908, five years after selling the first Model A, Ford Motor Company rolled out the Model T (known as the “Tin Lizzie“) at its Detroit facility, and the company took off as a national entity.
In 1918, the Seattle Engineering School opened, to retrain blacksmiths to work at the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant at the south end of Lake Union (now Seattle Self Storage, 1155 Valley St.).  Noted architect John Graham Sr. designed the Plant.


The School’s facility, located on Queen Anne Avenue between Roy and Mercer Streets, operated as both a training establishment and an auto repair shop.  Originally known as the Kuay Garage (pronounced “Q-A”), it ranked as “the largest single garage in the city” in early promotions.  For more than 50 years, the garage and its “doctors of motors” serviced cars at the School facility.

In 1950, new owners renamed the building and it became the Marqueen Garage.  In 1976 the Marqueen Garage moved up Queen Anne Hill to its current location at 1956 Queen Anne Ave. N.

Queen Anne — Community on the Hill (1993) notes the building as “the Marqueen Apartments.”  Since October 1998, it has operated as the MarQueen Hotel, with libations available at the Tin Lizzie Lounge.