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Summary for 2802 19th AVE / Parcel ID 7320900025 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1907
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1907, the building was owned by Ed Roe by 1912 through ca 1930. Mr. Roe moved the residence three feet north on the lot in 1912 and added a garage in 1918. The building underwent an interior remodel and repairs to the foundation in 1927. Adolph L. and G. Ruth Ekman purchased the building in February of 1932. Mr. Ekman worked as a mechanic for Davies & Kurz. By 1938, the Ekman’s, Lewis J. Collier, and Ross Welch resided in the building. In 1955, the building continued to have multiple units. The Ekman’s remained in the building through 1965. By 1968, John R. Furney lived in the building. Beacon Hill is a long north-south tending ridge located southeast of downtown Seattle and stands 350 feet at its highest point. The hill’s steep topography deterred substantial Euro-American settlement through the early 1880s. Then, development of the area was stimulated by the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1890s, its proximity to Seattle’s main industrial area to the west, and the regrading of the hill’s north end in the early 1900s. Originally acquired by the City in 1898, Jefferson Park was integrated into Seattle’s Olmsted system of parks, and the Olmsted Brothers prepared a plan for the park in 1912. The first public golf course west of the Mississippi opened at Jefferson Park in 1915. Jefferson Park has exerted a profound positive influence on the development of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Because of its proximity to the International District, Japanese and Chinese families moved to Beacon Hill starting in the 1920s. World War I and II stimulated a surge in housing development associated with wartime industry. The construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s and Interstate 90 in the 1980s sliced through the neighborhoods and contributed to Beacon Hill’s relative isolation. Today, Beacon Hill is an ethnically diverse working class community, which has a mixed Asian, Chicano, African American, and Caucasian population.
Built in 1907 and remodeled in 1928, this Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling (two family dwelling in 1937) stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Nineteenth Avenue South on a sloping site at street level. This 1472 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 46’ by 32’. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof and gabled wall dormer. Gable and eave overhangs with exposed purlins, braces, rafters and bargeboards define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane leaded windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the recessed wraparound front porch. A low, solid railing wraps the porch, and posts having decorative bracing support the upper level of the residence. A two-story rear porch and internal brick chimney service the building. The substantial front and rear porches set this building apart as unique within the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Detail for 2802 19th AVE / Parcel ID 7320900025 / 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
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
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.
City of Seattle. Survey of City-Owned Historic Resources. Prepared by Cathy Wickwire, Seattle, 2001. Forms for Ravenna Park structures.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Beacon Hill Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 2802 19th AVE / Parcel ID 7320900025 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 04, 2003

Photo taken Dec 04, 2003

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