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Summary for / Parcel ID 1991201195 / Inv #

Historic Name: 766 Thomas St Common Name: 766 Thomas St/ Thousand Friends of Washington
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: South Lake Union
Built By: Year Built: 1903
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This early single family dwelling, a classic box, with a subtle use of interlocking hipped roof forms, was built in 1903. Minor changes were made at the back of the building during a remodel in 1930. Although the house has lost some architectural elements on the south elevation, it retains the detailing of its roof forms, siding, window frames and windows. In the 1900s and 1910s, there were many similar houses in the neighborhood, but now, it is one of the last examples and the most intact example of this kind of residential design in the South Lake Union neighborhood.
This is a two-story residence, with an attic and basement. It faces south on Thomas Street and is located midway between 8th Avenue North and an alley sited between 8th Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North. It has a slightly irregular plan, which is almost L-shaped, with the most obvious, large projection occurring on the back half of the north side of the west elevation. The house retains original wood drop siding and wood window frames with mainly double-hung windows, most of which seem to be original. Its main roof form is hipped and relatively high, with lower half-hipped roofs jumping off from it and covering a slightly projecting bay at the second floor of the east elevation, as well as the projecting bay on the west elevation. There is also a hipped dormer on the roof over the south elevation, balanced by a similar hipped dormer on the north side of the main roof. In addition, there is a hipped roof covering a projecting bay on the first floor at the back of the house. From the street, the building appears to be virtually intact, except for one major change. According to an historical photo, the house once had an open porch, accessed by steps, perpendicular to the plane of the façade, but projecting out from the western line of the building footprint. The roof over the porch appears to have been almost flat and with a slight overhang. It was supported by pairs of round columns on bases, occurring at the ends of the porch and at the half-point between them. There was also a third column behind the pair of columns, emphasizing the transition at the top of the stair to the porch landing. These were important architectural features which have been lost. Currently, a straight run of steps, in the same location as the original stair, leads one to an enclosed porch, sided in regular wood boards. The enclosure also has a low shed roof. Above this, the south elevation is intact with two windows at the second floor and a hipped dormer with smaller single window at the attic level. Based on the same photo, fenestration on the west elevation, in particular, is completely unchanged.

Detail for / Parcel ID 1991201195 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Hip, Varied roof lines Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Rolled
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for / Parcel ID 1991201195 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 17, 2005

Photo taken Feb 17, 2005
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