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Summary for 1916 Nob Hill AVE / Parcel ID 080900-2070 / Inv #

Historic Name: Waits, Walter & Hilda, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1912
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 is a good example of a Craftsman bungalow, made more distinctive by the porch and piers of river rock mixed with brick. The house was noted in 1970s city-wide survey. It was built in 1913, probably as a speculative venture, by John Lorentz, a local builder. He built a similar house next door (1920 Nob Hill Avenue North) in the same year, and the pair are a good demonstration of how similar designs can be altered to provide variety. The first owner is not known, but it was purchased in 1919 by Carl J. Solid, owner of Solid's Boat Harbor on Lake Union, and his wife Hattie, who remained here until the 1940s. It was then purchased by Walter R. Waits, a salesman, and his wife Hilda, who lived here until the late 1990s. Cobblestones or river rock were used on the exterior of Craftsman houses, particularly in California, to give interest to simple structures and to connect the building with the surrounding landscape. They were often combined with brick, as seen here. Seattle bungalows often had a basement, as does this one, placing them higher above the ground than California bungalows,
This clapboard gable front house has numerous Craftsman stylistic characteristics, including a full-width projecting porch with decorative wood trim across the top. Wide concrete steps approach the porch. The porch, piers and bulkheads alongside the stairs are made of brick mixed with river rock. Atop each of the piers is a grouping of four square wood posts upon which the porch roof rests; these are in keeping with the simple decorative wood trim across the front of the porch. Two large one-over-one double hung windows flank the entry door on the porch; most of the windows elsewhere on similar, in various sizes. The window in the gable end has been changed, with a one-over-one double-hung window replacing the original trio of casement windows. A square bay, with a three-part window, projects on the north elevation.

Detail for 1916 Nob Hill AVE / Parcel ID 080900-2070 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard 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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Slight
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.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Stickley, Gustav. Craftsman Homes. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1979 (reprint of 1909 edition)

Photo collection for 1916 Nob Hill AVE / Parcel ID 080900-2070 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 23, 2004
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