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Summary for 1423 7th AVE / Parcel ID 616990-0845 / Inv #

Historic Name: Foss, Arthur and Ellen, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Tudor Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1910
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 distinctive house was designed in 1910 for Herman Stubbs. However, the primary occupant was the Foss family, owners of the Foss Launch & Tug Company, a major factor on the Seattle waterfront and one of the oldest and largest tug boat companies in the country. C. Arthur Foss, general manager of the company, and his wife Ellen moved here in the 1920s; Ellen remained here until the 1970s. Ellsworth Storey studied architecture at the University of Illinois and came to Seattle in 1903. He is best known for his residential designs, several churches and his later work at Moran State Park on Orcas Island, completed in 1940). He worked on military projects during the war, retired in 1945 and died in 1960. He worked in a variety of eclectic styles, but his most original works combine chalet, Art and Crafts and Prairie School influences into a unique style adapted to the Northwest. This house was cited by Sally Woodbridge as an example of the flexibility of period revival design. It was also noted in the Historic Seattle survey of 1975.
This house exhibits a simplified Tudor/Arts & Crafts style with a gable-front-and wing form, heavily textured stucco cladding and wood shake roofing. In the center of the fa├žade, next to the prominent two-story gable wing is a large shed roof dormer. A shed roof covers the front south of the gabled bay, forming an at-grade entry porch with tapered stucco columns. The most notable feature is the tall stucco chimney, whose divided flue pierces the eave line and goes on either side of a small second-floor window. Three casement windows in the center of the first floor are leaded glass with a lozenge pattern; two sets of windows on the second floor have lozenge-patterned transoms.

Detail for 1423 7th AVE / Parcel ID 616990-0845 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Wood - Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan:
Structural System: No. of Stories:
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Transportation
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
Woodbridge, Sally and Roger Montgomery. A Guide to Architecture in Washington State. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980.

Photo collection for 1423 7th AVE / Parcel ID 616990-0845 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 09, 2003
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