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Summary for 1327 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660100080 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1912
Built in 1912, this residence was owned by November of 1920 by Frank Edlatz. That same year, Mr. Edlatz remodeled the building. Frank and Mary Edlatz resided in the building from 1920 through 1968. Frank worked as a waiter. A Mrs. Danica Edlatz, residing at the same address, worked as a music teacher. By ca 1926, the building was a duplex, with Mark and Julia VanWatters residing in the building from ca 1926 through 1941. The rental rate in 1937 for one of the units was $16.50 per month. By 1970, Lucille Ramos lived in the residence. 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 1912, this compact, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirteenth Avenue South on a flat site elevated 2’ above street level. This 836 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring 22’ by 38’, with a 22’ by 6’ full facade front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Corner boards define the building corners. Asphalt composition roofing covers the pyramidal hip roof. Contemporary soffit alterations define the overhanging roofline. Wood sash 1:1 windows provide day lighting to interior first story spaces with 1:1 windows in the upper stories. Windows feature decorative painted wood casings. A direct flight of contemporary concrete stairs leads to the main entrance porch. Four boxed columns carry the hipped porch roof.

Detail for 1327 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660100080 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
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."

Photo collection for 1327 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660100080 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 18, 2003

Photo taken Sep 18, 2003

Photo taken Sep 18, 2003

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