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Summary for 8749 Dayton AVE / Parcel ID 6431500099 / Inv #

Historic Name: Seely House Common Name: Seely House
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1906
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
The Seely House was constructed about 1906. In May 1905, Charles Osner, developer of Osners Suburban Homes, sold two lots to recent Seattle arrivals George (b. ca 1865) and Nellie (b. ca 1877). The Seelys likely hired a builder to construct the house. The couple married about 1891 and by 1906 just three of their seven children were still living. By early 1906, the couple and their three surviving sons (ages 11, 8, and 1) moved into the house located just north of 85th, then the Seattle City limits. This was just about the time that the Everett Interurban started running from Ballard through northwest King County into Snohomish County and ran past the Seely’s home, about 15 blocks away. George A. Seely, anticipating a booming real estate market created by the Interurban, opened the Sun Flower Realty office. His prediction was way off, the real estate boom did not strike this area until after Second World War and it wasn’t until the early 1950s that Seattle annexed the area between 85th and 145th. In 1912, after struggling for a few years, Seely closed his real estate office and moved to downtown Seattle. He initially worked as a baler for Gailbraith, Bacon & Co., a grain warehouse company, and then got a job as a window cleaner before leaving town towards the end of World War I. Later occupants. In 1928 John George, a machine operator, lived in the house. Bessie Cogan purchased the house in 1934. In 1954 when Seattle annexed this area Clyde H. and Isabella A. Belanger lived there. By 1962, the year of the Seattle World’s Fair, Mrs. Mary Van Wort occupied the house. Later that year Richard A. Norman purchased the house. Variant address: The house is also listed at 8747 Dayton Ave N. The residence appears to meet City of Seattle Landmark criteria due to the age of the structure (about 100 years old) and minimal alterations. Sources (see below for complete citation): "Galbraith, Bacon & Co." Greater Seattle. pp. 139-140
The vernacular Seely House was constructed about 1906. It is a front and wing gable two story house with a covered balcony over an open porch on the east elevation. Doric columns support both the balcony and the hip balcony roof. Braced brackets are placed under eaves. An one story 11 x 18 foot rear (west) addition was added prior to 1930. The residence is sited on a corner lot.

Detail for 8749 Dayton AVE / Parcel ID 6431500099 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Greater Seattle Illustrated. (Seattle, National Publishing Company, ca 1906)
Sanborn Map Company. Insurance Maps of Seattle, Washington. (New York, Sanborn Map Company, 1949-1950 update) 11 volumes.
Sanborn Map Company. Insurance Maps of Seattle, Washington. (New York, Sanborn Map Company, 1929-1930) Volumes 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Photo collection for 8749 Dayton AVE / Parcel ID 6431500099 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 23, 2004
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