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Summary for 407 W Prospect ST W / Parcel ID 388090-0175 / Inv #

Historic Name: Smith, Herbert & Ruth, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1907
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).
This is a good example of the Craftsman style, with an unusual second-floor porch. No information is available about the original owner or builder of this 1907 house, but in 1927 it was purchased by Herbert and Ruth Smith. Mr. Smith was a buyer for Frederick & Nelson and later became manager of the Sears Roebuck store. A second couple, John and Harriet Scanlon, appear to have been co-owners. Scanlon was a Milwaukee Road dispatcher and conductor. The two couples lived here together for decades; Ruth Smith died in 1970, and Harriet Scanlon in 1977. New owners then renovated the house. It was restored to its original appearance in 1999, with replacement siding and brackets. A rear deck and a new porch balustrade were also added.
This house has such Craftsman characteristics as prominent brackets, half-timbering and a variety of cladding materials, combined with Queen Anne-influenced windows. The 2-1/2 story house has a prominent front gable with stickwork in the gable end and a hip-roof dormer on the east side. The deep eaves have prominent curved brackets. The projecting porch spans the entire front of the house, with a porch on top with square posts and a plain balustrade; earlier photos show a clapboard balustrade, but the current design may be original. The first floor porch has four fluted square columns, decorative curved brackets, and a balustrade with an X-shaped design. Cladding is clapboard on the first floor, wood shingles on the second and half-timbered stucco on the third; a wide wood belt course separates the second and third stories. The front door has an oval window and is flanked with leaded glass sidelights. Most windows have leaded glass in a lozenge pattern; two are on the second floor porch and a large one and small one on the first floor. The third floor gable end has a group of four leaded windows with curved brackets below. The west elevation has a shallow shed-roof bay with leaded windows.

Detail for 407 W Prospect ST W / Parcel ID 388090-0175 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 407 W Prospect ST W / Parcel ID 388090-0175 / Inv #

Photo taken Apr 03, 2003
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