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Summary for 501 W Comstock ST W / Parcel ID 173280-0675 / Inv #

Historic Name: Stocking, Donald & Fern, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Arts & Crafts - Prairie Style Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1914
 
Significance
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).
Although this house has been altered, it still retains much of its strong original character. Unfortunately, no permit has been found and the architect and original owner are not known. The tax records indicate that it was altered several times shortly after its construction in 1914. The first identified owners were Donald Stocking, an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and his wife Fern, who lived here from approximately the 1940s until the 1960s. Later owners included William Burke, a lawyer with Campbell-Husted Company, and his wife Meredith (1970s), and Ken and Jane Block (1980s). They added a two-story addition on the south (rear) and replaced the garage with a deck and swimming pool; this is apparent from the front as a large third gable. Another addition on the rear was made in 2002.
 
Appearance
This house combines Craftsman and Prairie elements with extensive half-timbering. Cladding is primarily stucco with shingles on some newer sections. It has a broad shallow side gable form with a very large gable dormer in front, covering most of the house’s width. Behind are a large stucco chimney (enlarged in 1987) and the third gable that was added. The main façade on the north has a large shallow gabled entry portico with tapered brick piers, stickwork, fluted pilasters, arched windows and a door with beveled leaded glass. To the east of the entry is a pair of French doors leading to a small patio. Above is a balustrade with a circle pattern, spanning two twelve-over-one windows. Other windows are primarily six-over-one or four-over-one. A garage has been added on the southeast, with a Palladian window above. The rear (south) elevation has been altered, with newer windows and a third-floor deck.

Detail for 501 W Comstock ST W / Parcel ID 173280-0675 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Moderate
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.

Photo collection for 501 W Comstock ST W / Parcel ID 173280-0675 / Inv #


Photo taken Aug 16, 2004
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