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Summary for 322 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173280-0045 / Inv #

Historic Name: Kinnear, Ritchey and Brownie, House Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Georgian Revival Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1926
 
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).
This house is a good example of the Georgian Revival style, a popular style on Queen Anne in the 1920s. This is one of several houses built by Frank Dever, a local contractor, and it closely resembles others in the neighborhood. It may have been built on speculation, but was soon (1927) purchased by Ritchey Kinnear, a member of one of Queen Anne’s most prominent families. His father, John Ritchey Kinnear, was a lawyer from Illinois, who joined his older brother George in Seattle in 1883. John Kinnear served in the Territorial Legislature in 1884 and in the new Washington State Legislature in 1890-91. George Kinnear platted the south slope of Queen Anne, built several notable structures (including the landmark De La Mar Apartments) and donated Kinnear Park to the city. Ritchey Kinnear was president of Kinnear, Paul Company, a real estate company. His wife Edith, known as Brownie, was also active in the community. In 1957 the house was purchased by Fred Runnels, president of the Runnels Company, a manufacturer of toilet cleaning preparations, located on Elliott Avenue West. He and his wife Pauline lived here until the 1970s, when the current owner purchased the house.
 
Appearance
This Georgian Revival house has a side gable roof, multi-toned brick cladding and a symmetrical façade. It sits high above the street, with a rockery and a single garage below in front. The roof has deep eaves with modillions and returns. The prominent entry portico has a flat roof with brackets, supported by two fluted columns. Above the portico is a Gothic arch window with leaded tracery. Two small gabled dormers also have arched windows. The entry has a wood door with leaded and beveled sidelights. It is flanked by two three-part windows with four-over-one leaded sash flanking the center section. The second floor has two pairs of six-over-one double-hung windows with shutters. Eight-over-one windows are found on other elevations, with quarter-circle louvers flanking the chimney on the west end. The west elevation also has a one-story sunroom with a prominent cornice with modillions, windows with five-light transoms, a pair of ten-light French doors and a deck on top. The north elevation has six-over-one windows and a small flat-roofed wing.

Detail for 322 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173280-0045 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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.
Reinartz, Kay F. Queen Anne: Community on the Hill. Seattle: Queen Anne Historical Society, 1993.

Photo collection for 322 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173280-0045 / Inv #


Photo taken Sep 29, 2004
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