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Summary for 1920 Nob Hill AVE / Parcel ID 080900-2075 / Inv #

Historic Name: MacMillan, Maude, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1912
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 a Craftsman bungalow, made more distinctive by the porch and piers of river rock. It was built in 1913, probably as a speculative venture, by John Lorentz, a local builder. He built a similar house next door (1916 Nob Hill Avenue North) in the same year, and the pair are a good demonstration of how similar designs can be altered to provide variety and individuality The first owner is not known, but it was purchased in 1918 by Maude MacMillan, who may have owned it into the 1950s while renting it out to others. There were at least five owners between 1949 and 1969. Cobblestones or river rock were used on the exterior of Craftsman houses, particularly in California, to give interest to simple structures and to connect the building with the surrounding landscape. Seattle bungalows often had a basement, as does this one, placing them higher above the ground than California bungalows,
This clapboard gable front house has numerous Craftsman stylistic characteristics, including large gabled dormers on each side, arrow-shaped bargeboards and a gabled full-width porch with decorative wood trim across the top. Wide concrete steps approach the porch. The porch and piers are made of river rock; the curving bulkheads alongside the stairs are also river rock, capped with concrete. Two large one-over-one double hung windows flank the entry door on the porch; most of the windows elsewhere on similar, in various sizes. A trio of casement windows with a wide wood surrounds is in the primary gable end. A square bay, with a three-part window, projects on the north elevation.

Detail for 1920 Nob Hill AVE / Parcel ID 080900-2075 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): 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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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.

Photo collection for 1920 Nob Hill AVE / Parcel ID 080900-2075 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 22, 2004
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