Scene of the (fictional) Crime… Perhaps

So yesterday I did a little location checking and ended up moving an event in the WIP from an anonymous parking lot in Lake City to a much creepier location: the old Seattle Malting and Brewing Company buildings on Airport Way. This site eventually became the original Rainier Brewery before the newer building (which is now the Tully’s roastery) was built a few miles up the road. Does not this seem like a much lonelier place to leave a fictional body….?
The old Brewery buildings stand partially demolished on Airport Way.The old brewery buildings These are the remains of the old Stock Building, where I have left the fictional body to be discovered by the cops… and Harper: The interior of the old Stock Building Did the poor fellow die here, or somewhere else…? Did this wall of the Brew House around the corner from the Stock Building, stand silent witness to a murder…? The remaining walls of the Brew House

The old brewery buildings and cold storage north of the wrecked Stock and Brewing Building are now used as studios, creative workspace, offices, and temporary galleries. Ironically, this complex is where some of the early footage for The Glove–the short horror spoof I worked on as a wannabe screenwriter–was shot, just out of sight in the cold storage buildings farther north. Here’s the Mechanical Building and Boiler Room:
The Mechanical building is still mostly intact, if no longer functional There’s even some evidence of the current tenants at work in this iron window installed in the old Boiler Room wall: A bit of decorative ironwork added after the fact
Such lonely buildings…. I think it’s a much better place for a body, don’t you?

More photos and information about the site can be found at Scholars and Rogues. An excellent photo of the outside of the Brew House and Stock Building can be seen at and a shot of the southern Cold Storage buildings before demolition began can be found on the City of Seattle’s Neighborhood Preservation site. More photos and info are available at Vintage Seattle’s Rainier Brewery page 1 and page 2.


About Kat Richardson

Writer, editor, eccentric pain in the tail, bestselling author of the Greywalker novels.
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4 Responses to Scene of the (fictional) Crime… Perhaps

  1. Zita says:

    Way creepy! It looks like you could hide a whole slew of bodies there. Kinda like the way the cat crams all her toys behind the bookshelf for safe-keeping…

  2. Vickie B says:

    I want to live in that Boiler Room building with the arched entrance! I love that brickwork.
    That is a truly creepy, great place for a body to be found.

  3. Catriona says:

    Georgetown Brewing is located in the Malt House – no brew pub but you can get anywhere from a half gallon growler to a 15.5 gallon keg to go. {I’m not affiliated…just a member of a homebrewing club}

  4. Nifty! We used to homebrew, but brewing and boats don’t really go together very well….

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