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Summary for 1541 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660100195 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1903
Built in 1903, this building was owned by Alvin R. Bravender in 1910. Mr. Bravender constructed a garage on the lot in October of 1910. By 1934, J. W. and Anna McArthur owned the property. By 1937, Ernest and Julia A. Brennan occupied the building. Mr. Brennan worked as a branch manager for Amaco Inc. Only a few years later in 1941, James McArthur, Norman Buck and Alois Wenzler resided in the house. Mr. McArthur remained until ca 1954 and Theodora Sowers moved into the residence briefly in 1949. In 1960, Albert B. Pastores purchased the residence for $13,000. Only four years later, Clifford M. Anderson purchased the building in 1964 for $9,000. Mr. Anderson resided in the building from 1966 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 substantial, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirteenth Avenue South on a flat site 1’ above street level. This 1200 square foot, two-and-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring 30’ by 40’, with an 8’ by 12’ front stoop. A brick foundation supports the wood frame, vinyl/aluminum-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hipped roof. Exposed rafters along the eaves with a prominent fascia and a gable over the front two-story bay window define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 double hung windows provide day lighting to rooms with an enclosed sun porch over the front stoop. Multiple-lite double hung windows in the dormer provide day lighting. All windows feature painted wood casings. Additional two-story bay windows also project from the side facades. A direct flight of stairs leads to the pedimented front stoop. Classically-inspired columns support the stoop roof.

Detail for 1541 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660100195 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Other Foundation(s): Brick
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
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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