Home Page
Link to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods home page

Seattle Historical Sites

New Search

Summary for 223 Pontius AVE / Parcel ID 2467400455 / Inv #

Historic Name: 223 Pontius Ave. N. Common Name: 223 Pontius Ave. N.
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Tudor - Composite Neighborhood: Cascade
Built By: Year Built: 1911
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 house dates from circa 1905 or possibly before and not later than 1911. From the street, its appearance seems remarkably unchanged. It still has many of its distinctive architectural elements, the details of its façade and the detailing of wooden window frames in relation to siding. The house is sited next to Immanuel Lutheran Church (completed in 1912) - although there were originally two houses on one parcel between them. With Immanuel Lutheran Church, as well as the 1917 wing of the New Richmond Laundry across the street, it creates a small world of early twentieth century structures. While the King County Record cards do not date it exactly, permit cards at DCLU/the Department of Planning and Development describe changes to the foundation in 1905, so there is a good chance the house dates from sometime before 1905. The house is significant as one of the few extant and seemingly intact single family residences from the early twentieth century (or late nineteenth century) in Cascade and close to Downtown Seattle. In itself, it is pleasingly detailed, but its quality and significance are enhanced by the proximity to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
This is a one story gable roofed wooden house, with an attic and shed dormers, as well as a basement. Above the basement level, it is clad with horizontal drop siding. At the basement level, it is clad with vertical wood siding. The house is basically rectangular in plan with what appears to be a slightly irregularly shaped addition at the back of the house, probably made close to the time the house was first built. The building’s most distinctive feature is the gable end of its façade. It is clad in horizontal siding, then divided up by vertical wooden bands as well as one horizontal wooden band, painted brown, to resemble a Tudor Revival gable end. Framed within the wooden bands are two rectangular windows. According to photos from the 1930s, these two windows originally had glazing, defined by a diamond pattern of small square panes. This glazing is still visible in the left hand window. Tying in with the small square panes of the gable are the small lozenge shaped panes that make up the top light of the band of rectangular windows on the first floor.

Detail for 223 Pontius AVE / Parcel ID 2467400455 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 223 Pontius AVE / Parcel ID 2467400455 / Inv #

Photo taken
App v2.0.1.0