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Summary for 1332 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660600035 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1903
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1903, this building was occupied by John and Carrie Gilbert from 1903 through 1941, according to the Polk directories. The Gilberts previously lived at 1116 13th Avenue South. In October of 1930, the Gilberts added a double garage for $300. By 1941, Fritz and Cara G. Scavenius lived in the building. They stayed through ca 1948. Both were music teachers. Born in England, Mr. Scavenius arrived in the U.S. in 1914 and settled in Seattle in 1917. Mr. Scavenius began learning the piano at age three and gave a number of concerts under the patronage of Queen Alexandria. At age fifteen Mr. Scavenius played a command performance before England’s King Edward. Mr. Scavenius taught pupils form King and Kitsap Counties. He died in June of 1971. From 1949 through 1955, Dorland W. Lew lived in the building, followed by Zoy You Ny from 1957 through 1970. Beacon Hill is a long north-south tending ridge located southeast of downtown Seattle and stands 350 feet at its highest point. The hill’s steep topography deterred substantial Euro-American settlement through the early 1880s. Then, development of the area was stimulated by the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1890s, its proximity to Seattle’s main industrial area to the west, and the regrading of the hill’s north end in the early 1900s. Originally acquired by the City in 1898, Jefferson Park was integrated into Seattle’s Olmsted system of parks, and the Olmsted Brothers prepared a plan for the park in 1912. The first public golf course west of the Mississippi opened at Jefferson Park in 1915. Jefferson Park has exerted a profound positive influence on the development of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Because of its proximity to the International District, Japanese and Chinese families moved to Beacon Hill starting in the 1920s. World War I and II stimulated a surge in housing development associated with wartime industry. The construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s and Interstate 90 in the 1980s sliced through the neighborhoods and contributed to Beacon Hill’s relative isolation. Today, Beacon Hill is an ethnically diverse working class community, which has a mixed Asian, Chicano, African American, and Caucasian population.
Built in 1903, this compact, Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirteenth Avenue South on a flat site elevated 4’ above street level. This 776 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a half daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 20’ by 36’, with a 20’ by 5’ full facade front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, wood shingle- clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. A decorative fascia and modest eave and gable overhang defines the roofline. The fascia continues across the cross gable, defining the upper boundary of the first story. Wood 1:1 double hung windows provide day lighting. Windows feature decorative painted wood casings. A direct flight of concrete stairs leads to the main entrance porch. Decorative spindle work highlights the spans between columns and beam/column joints. The columns support a hipped porch roof. An internal brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 1332 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660600035 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Block
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
City of Seattle. Survey of City-Owned Historic Resources. Prepared by Cathy Wickwire, Seattle, 2001. Forms for Ravenna Park structures.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Beacon Hill Historic Context Statement."

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