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Summary for 1802 4th AVE / Parcel ID 423290-0570 / Inv #

Historic Name: Ryan, John E., House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Tudor Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1904
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 was built in 1904, early in the Craftsman era, and has some characteristics of the Tudor Revival style such as heavy stucco cladding and ornamented bargeboards, but with massing more typical of the Craftsman style. The house was built in 1904 by John E. Ryan, a lawyer. The actual builder and designer are not known; it may have been a pattern book house, built either by Ryan himself, or by labor or a builder that he hired. He added a sleeping porch in 1913, and remained here through the teens. The next identified owners were Mrs. Florence Bourgault (1938); Clement J. Donahoe (1941); William H. Hayden, a lawyer, and his wife Violet (1940s-50s); and Jack Chidgey, a silversmith, and his wife Doris (1960s). The longest-term owners were Omar E. Larson, a Boeing employee, and his wife Joan, who lived here in the 1970s-80s.
This is an unusually detailed example of a Craftsman house. It has a hipped roof form with deep open eaves with curved rafter tails. The front façade features a prominent ornamented gable, clad with heavy stucco and with wide scalloped bargeboards with diamond-patterned ornament. Similar ornamentation is found on the band along the bottom of the gable, which is supported by large brackets. The gable end has a simple three-part window. In the center of the façade, on the second floor immediately below the gable, is a three-sided bay window supported by brackets. Other windows on the second floor have diamond-paned transoms. A hipped-roofed porch extends across the entire front of the house; the northern section was enclosed many years ago and has a pair of windows with diamond-pane transoms. The primary window on the porch is a shallow three-sided bay with diamond-paned galss. The porch has three tapered columns with brackets and a railing with narrow square balusters. The north elevation has a shed dormer, while the south elevation has a square popout bay with a shed roof and five one-over-one windows. Two other similar windows and a smaller window are also on the south.

Detail for 1802 4th AVE / Parcel ID 423290-0570 / Inv #

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

Photo collection for 1802 4th AVE / Parcel ID 423290-0570 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 23, 2003
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