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Summary for 4403 Thackeray PL / Parcel ID 3131200510 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1909
The history of construction at this site appears somewhat complicated and is not perfectly understood. A wood frame shed built at 4401 Thackeray in 1904 (permit #27012) and a single story frame cottage built at 4403 Thackeray that same year (permit #27829) are apparently no longer extant. Louis C. Roop, a carpenter, and his wife Florence moved to 4403 Thackeray in 1904 or 1905. In 1908, it appears that a permit (#70158) was issued to applicant Florence S. Roop to move a structure from 4403 Thackeray to a foundation at 4407 Thackeray. However, this document is very difficult to decipher and the intent of the applicant is not precisely understood. In 1909, L. C. Roop is listed as the builder of a large two-story (now 2-1/2 story) residence at 4403 Thackeray on a building permit (#76591) issued that year to his wife. Roop’s address is listed as 4407 Thackeray on the permit application. By 1914, Roop apparently had abandoned carpentry and was working as a bailiff for the U. S. District Court. A small addition to a garage was built at 4403 Thackeray for owner Z. N. Bergman in 1914. However, Bergman and his wife Christine only appear at this address in the 1915 edition of Polk’s Seattle Directory. In 1923, a single car garage at 4403 Thackeray was destroyed and replaced with a two-car garage erected by J. W. Sands for owner Helen Wien (permit #228376). It is not clear when Wien acquired the property. In fact, Wien does not appear to be listed in city directories at any time between 1923 and 1938, although Helen Wien apparently still owned the house when the Assessor surveyed it in 1937. The house was vacant in 1938 according to Polk’s Seattle Directory. . The house was resided for owner Luther A. Harris in 1960-61. Harris appears to have remained at the house until 1967. Gerald E. Maddock appears to have purchased the house in 1967. Maddock combined electrical meters in 1967-68 but is not listed at this house in city directories after 1969. Walter W. Kind, who currently owns the property with L. L. Kind, appears to have acquired the property in 1969 or 1970. A family room addition with roof deck, and a separate deck addition, were completed for owner Walter Kind in 1999-2000. This work also included modifications and extensions of the electrical system.
This is a 2-1/2 story shingle and stucco clad frame residence built over a full basement on a concrete foundation. The moderate slope of the gable roof, the wide barge boards supported by triangular timber knee braces, the open soffits and exposed rafter tails, the bungalow style double-hung windows, and the paired and/or tripled built up wood piers with multi-part wood capitals, “mortised” cross pieces and knee bracing at the inset entry porch are characteristic components of the craftsman style. The large apparent size and the mass of the structure are more typical of foursquare than bungalow design, while the width of the upper floor double hung windows, the heavy horizontal trim elements, and the spoke-like sticking in the ganged attic windows add prairie style and late Queen Anne elements to the design. The concrete/asbestos siding is not original and its use constitutes a significant departure from the original design. The permit history indicates the presence of a family room addition and two added decks; however, these alterations are not salient features of the existing structure and no other modifications to the building are apparent.

Detail for 4403 Thackeray PL / Parcel ID 3131200510 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos, Stucco, Wood 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, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Plan: 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 4403 Thackeray PL / Parcel ID 3131200510 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 12, 2004
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