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Summary for 1953 11th AVE / Parcel ID 277160-1950 / Inv #

Historic Name: Olson, Ole, House Common Name:
Style: Spanish - Mediterranean Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1923
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).
The flat roof on this house gives it an unusually modern appearance for its date of construction (1923). It was built by Ole E. Olson, a local contractor, but there is no record of the architect. The red tile roof provides a Mediterranean revival flavor, although it is clad with brick rather than stucco. A basement apartment was added in 1924 and an attached garage in 1925. The first known occupants were Floyd J. McDowell, a manager for the James Griffiths shipping company, and his wife Ruthella (1938). Later residents were Joseph and Olive Evinger (1950s) and Joel Loomis (1956-60s) and his wife Josephine. Thick vegetation and a six-foot fence located only feet from the front door make the house difficult to see and photograph.
This small house differs in style from most in the area, with a flat roof topped with red barrel tile. Pilasters pierce the roofline at each corner and next to the major windows. The entry stoop is on the east, but is hidden behind a high fence and vegetation; the original hood may have been removed. Cladding is red brick with a decorative X-pattern on the chimney and the front parapet. Bands of buff brick form a belt course below the first story and outline the tops of the chimney and the pilasters. A porch runs along much of the north elevation. Some windows have been updated, with picture windows replacing most of the original three-part windows. The house is on a slope, and the daylight basement contains a separate apartment with a small entry porch on the south elevation. Nearby is a clinker brick wall along the lower section of the lot.

Detail for 1953 11th AVE / Parcel ID 277160-1950 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
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 1953 11th AVE / Parcel ID 277160-1950 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 09, 2003
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