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Summary for 119 Tower PL / Parcel ID 887300-0062 / Inv #

Historic Name: DeMille-Jongeward House Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Prairie Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1925
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
The architect of this Prairie-style house is not known, although it resembles some of the work of Andrew Willatzen. It has not been attributed to him, although the arched hood is similar to that seen on the J. C. Black house (demolished) on West Highland Drive. The house was built in 1925 for Charles DeMille, owner of a general insurance agency. His wife Gertrude continued to live here after his death, selling it in 1947 to Ward Chesley, a physician, and his wife Virginia. In 1958 it was purchased by Thayne Jongeward, a manager at Simpson Timber Company. Jongeward’s wife, Jean, then worked at Frederick and Nelson, but later began doing interior design work out of the house. Working with such architects as Roland Terry and Ralph Anderson, she became the most prominent interior designer in the Northwest and established a unique Northwest style. The interior of her own house was considered the epitome of her style. She died in 2000 at the age of 83. Some alterations have been made, including a deck in 1960 and a small bay and porch in 2003.
This simple house has a Foursquare form and shows a strong Prairie style influence with a low hipped roof and deep boxed eaves. The landscaping and a stone wall and courtyard in front make the house difficult to see. The entry near the center of the main façade (north) has no porch, but a stoop with an arched Colonial-style hood; the doorway is flanked by two narrow windows. Cladding is clapboard on the lower two-thirds, with stucco above; a belt course between the materials emphasizes the horizontality typical of the Prairie style. The north side of the main façade has a large exterior stucco chimney, with a one-over one window to the east and and a pair toward the west. The second floor has two pairs of windows plus one on each side of the chimney; the other elevations have similar windows in pairs. The garage is in front at the northeast corner.

Detail for 119 Tower PL / Parcel ID 887300-0062 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
"Jean Jongeward, Epitome of Northwest Style," Seattle Times, October 23, 2000.

Photo collection for 119 Tower PL / Parcel ID 887300-0062 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 08, 2003
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