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Summary for 5263 17TH AVE / Parcel ID Not noted / Inv # 0

Historic Name: H. W. McCormack Residence Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1924
Based on field work conducted in October 2014, this historic property retains its relationship to the streetscape, historic building form and a sufficient amount of exterior historic building fabric (design features, cladding and/or window sash/openings) to contribute to the distinct character of the University Park neighborhood. This is a particularly well-preserved historic property that appears to possess architectural and/or historic significance. It was built in 1924 in the Tudor Revival style. The earliest known owner was H.W. McCormack, who purchased the house with his wife Alice in 1929. The 1930 and 1940 US Census reports list McCormack as Commander/Commandant of the Naal ROTC at University of Washington. 

This residence was constructed during the University District’s 1915-1929 developmental era, which saw the greatest expansion of the commercial area and continued growth in the residential areas.The earlier decade, between 1900 and 1910, was the peak period of subdivision in the area. In 1906 the 20-block University Park Addition north of campus was filed. It became the most affluent and exclusive area in the district. The extension of additional streetcar lines stimulated speculation and housing development north of NE 45th Street. These included a trolley line to Ravenna Park developed by W.W. Beck, and the 1907 extension of a line along NE 45th Street from 14th Ave. NE to Meridian in Wallingford. Virtually the entire District was platted and ready for development by 1910. One distinctive feature of the University Park neighborhood is its very narrow lots. The Moore Investment Company, which platted it, apparently wanted to maximize its profits by creating small lots, most of which were under 4,500 square feet. Fairly substantial houses were still built on these relatively small lots.

The construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal between 1911 and 1917 stimulated development in the University District. The old Latona Bridge was remodeled in 1916 before the ship canal opened and served the area until a new bridge, called the University Bridge, opened in 1919. The new bridge established 10th Avenue NE (now Roosevelt Way) as the major north-south arterial. 

During the 1920s, there was a major construction boom in Seattle and the University District also flourished. By this time the structures built for the AYP had deteriorated, and a new campus plan had been prepared by Seattle architect Carl F. Gould in 1915. Transportation improvements during this time included opening of the Montlake Bridge in 1925, a streetcar and pedestrian trestle over Cowen Park built in 1925 and a streetcar loop between Montlake, the University District, and Wallingford added in 1928.

The construction of single-family homes in the district continued through the 1920s and the area was almost entirely built out by 1930. Most of the development was concentrated in the area north of NE 50th Street and west of Roosevelt Way, in the Park Home Circle north of Ravenna Boulevard and east of 20th Avenue NE, and in the University Park Neighborhood. Craftsman bungalows and Tudor Revival-style houses were popular during this period.  By this time, University Park and become an extremely desirable neighborhood for University faculty families, a trend that continued until about 1950. 

Bibliographical References

King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives

McAlester, Virginia Savage. A Field Guide to American Houses. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

Tobin, Caroline and Sarah Sodt, University District Historic Survey Report:, 2002.

US Census Report, 1930 and 1940.


The Tudor Revival style  house has a tall, steeply pitched front gabled cat slide roof with hipped roof dormers on either side and a side gabled form in the rear. It is clad in shingle siding. The entry stoop is located to one side of the main facade and is sheltered by a rounded classical hood supported by brackets. The door is wood, style and rail. To the north of the entry is an arched opening in the front facade's wing wall that leads to the side yard. The front facade features a decorative bay window on the main floor and double-hung wood-frame windows with leaded divided lights and a similar window to the south. Above the bay window on the second floor is a pair of double-hung wood frame windows with leaded divided sash and wood shutters. This paired window is flanked by narrow single windows in the same style,which are typical on non-primary facades. A narrow arched vent is located in the gable end. The site is gently bermed with a low brick retaining wall at the perimeter, lawn, shrubs and trees. 

Detail for 5263 17TH AVE / Parcel ID Not noted / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Other: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 5263 17TH AVE / Parcel ID Not noted / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 03, 2002

Photo taken Feb 13, 2015
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