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Summary for 339 22nd AVE / Parcel ID 1344300030 / Inv # FAC007

Historic Name: Lucas, Richard & Effie, Residence Common Name: House (Capitol Hill Housing)
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1925
Richard A. Lucas, a foreman with Seattle City Light, constructed this single-family home in 1925 in a residential neighborhood of mostly older houses. However, the city directories do not list him in this location until 1928. Previously, Richard and Effie Lucas had lived in a house some six blocks to the north and one block to the east. Stylistically, the house is more typical of the earlier 20th century architecture of its Capitol Hill neighborhood than the period revival styles popular in the mid-1920s. In form, it is similar to the many Classic Boxes or Foursquares found in the area although it lacks their fanciful ornamentation and wide bracketed eaves. This building was occupied as a single-family residence for almost fifty years before the City of Seattle acquired it in early 1971 from James L. Jackson, who had purchased it in 1962. The city purchased the home for use as a community juvenile treatment facility with funding from the Seattle Model City program. The Seattle Model City Program was funded primarily through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development under authority of the federal Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966. The City’s Executive Department administered the program, whose goals and objectives were to reduce social and economic disadvantages in designated neighborhoods, provide maximum training and employment opportunities, and establish health services for residents. On August 19, 1968, the Seattle Model City Program outlined its master plan for the Central District. Four years later, the Planned Variations Expansion allowed extension of the program to three other disadvantaged neighborhoods until Model City funding ended in 1974. For several years, the residence housed the Central Area Group Home Project. In 1988, the house was substantially remodeled. Currently, it is occupied as a single-family home managed by the Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program, a community based developer, owner, and manager of affordable housing. This residence is significant for its design and for its associations with the development of the Capitol Hill neighborhood and with the Seattle Model City program.
Completed in 1925, this two-story, wood frame, single family dwelling occupies a mid-block lot on the western side of 22nd Avenue East between East Republican and East Thomas Streets. The hip roof structure has the same Classic Boxes or Foursquare form displayed by many homes in the surrounding Capitol Hill neighborhood. Set on a concrete foundation, the dwelling’s rectangular plan measures 33 feet by 29 feet. Clapboard siding sheathes the walls of both the house and the porch. The one-story projecting porch at the center of the principal east elevation measures 11 feet by 6 feet. Square corner columns support the porch’s hip roof, which covers the center entrance door. Stairs up to the porch extend along the southern half of the east elevation. A single double hung 8/1 window is situated at the center of the second story above the porch. Pairs of windows are located at either end of the first and second story levels. The original double hung 8/1 windows remain only at the second story. The hip roof dormer on the east elevation contains the original multi-paned windows on the front and sides. At the northern end of the basement level, the opening for the interior garage has been filled with an entrance door and a window. On the south elevation, the upper story has small double hung 2/2 windows at the center flanked by slightly larger windows at either end. The first story has a single large window at the front and a pair of windows at the rear western end. On the north elevation, the upper story has a large window at the center flanked by smaller windows at either end. The first story has the same large window at the front and a small multi-paned window at the rear. The western elevation has a newer wood deck with a balcony at the second floor level. Although the paint is peeling, the house retains good physical integrity in spite of the window replacements.

Detail for 339 22nd AVE / Parcel ID 1344300030 / Inv # FAC007

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Extensive
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 Council Bills and Ordinances, Seattle City Clerk's Office Legislative Databases (

Photo collection for 339 22nd AVE / Parcel ID 1344300030 / Inv # FAC007

Photo taken Nov 06, 2000
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