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Summary for 2704 18th AVE / Parcel ID 7319900170 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1914
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1914, this building was designed by Seattle architect, Alvin Johnson, and owned by B. A. Lewis. George B. and Addie H. Koontz bought the house in November of 1922. Mr. Koontz worked as a clerk. In March of 1922, Mr. Koontz added a garage. By 1929 through ca 1931, Cora B. and Jacob L. Boyce lived in the building. Mrs. Boyce was a widow by 1931 and remained in the building through 1955. George Bolotin purchased the building in November of 1961 for $9165. Arnold E. Byrd, Junior lived in the building by 1965. By 1968, Bentio Cantil 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 1914, this compact, Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family bungalow stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Eighteenth Avenue South on a flat site at street level. This 946 square foot, single-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 22’ by 43’, with a 17’ by 7’ front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Overhanging open eaves and gables with exposed rafters, purlins, and bargeboards define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front porch. River rock cheek walls flank the stairway and provide a base supporting clusters of three piers. The piers support a projecting gable roof. A low railing wraps the porch. An internal brick chimney services the building. The river rock detailing on the porch sets this building apart as unique within the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Detail for 2704 18th AVE / Parcel ID 7319900170 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle 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
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 2704 18th AVE / Parcel ID 7319900170 / Inv #

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Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

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Photo taken Nov 06, 2003
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