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Summary for 1108 10th AVE / Parcel ID 6762700480 / Inv #

Historic Name: Hennig, Margaret, Residence Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare- Colonial Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1909
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This is a good and intact example of a common variation of a Seattle Box house; it was noted as a good example in the city's 1979 historic resources survey, probably because of its extensive use of leaded glass. Capitol Hill has the city’s greatest concentration of American Foursquare houses—often called the Classic Box or Seattle Box, because of its local popularity. They were built primarily between 1905 and 1910. Most of these houses were not designed by an architect, but were built by local builders from patterns purchased from magazines. One popular catalog featuring models very similar to this one was that published by architect Victor Voorhees, beginning in 1907. Most have a wide front porch with heavy posts or columns and a hip roof, often with dormers. Some, like this one, have a smaller recessed porch. There are typically eight main rooms on two floors--living room, hall, dining room and kitchen downstairs and four bedrooms upstairs. Projecting bays at the corners,as seen in this example, are considered particularly distinctive to Seattle Boxes. Two reasons for the popularity of this house form were that it provided a large amount of space for reasonable cost, and that it could be personalized depending on an owners taste and budget. This neighborhood has numerous variations, from simple unornamented versions to elaborately detailed ones with multiple columns, beveled leaded glass windows and exotic accent windows. The original owner is not known; the first identified owner was Margaret Hennig, who purchased the house in 1927 and appears to have owned it at least through the 1930s.
This Classic Box or Foursquare has the typical hipped-roof form with a hipped dormer on the front. The roof flares slightly at the corners and has deep boxed eaves. Cladding is clapboard with wide belt courses above the first floor windows and below the second floor windows; a narrow course runs below the first floor windows. The recessed porch is on the north side of the main (west) façade, with scroll brackets, leaded glass sidelights flanking the door, and a single square column at the corner. A handrail has been added on the steps. The first floor has a three-part window with leaded glass in the upper sectons. The second floor has a projecting window at each corner; these bays pierce the eaves and are supported by numerous small curved brackets. Centered between them is a pair of narrower windows with similar bracekts and a curved wrought iron balustrade. All of these windows have upper sections of leaded glass. Main windows on the side elevations also have leaded glass, with one-over-one sash elsewhere. The detached garage (probably built in the 1920s) appears to have its original folding doors, an unusual feature.

Detail for 1108 10th AVE / Parcel ID 6762700480 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): 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 Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Williams, Jacqueline B. The Hill with a Future: Seattle's Capitol Hill 1900-1946. Seattle: CPK Ink, 2001.
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.

Photo collection for 1108 10th AVE / Parcel ID 6762700480 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 10, 2006
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