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Summary for 4526 S Mead ST S / Parcel ID 3330501656 / Inv #

Historic Name: Adams House Common Name: Adams House
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1903
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Adams House was constructed about 1903. Lucretia J. Adams (b. ca 1848), born in Missouri, married Samuel, and in the 1880s raised a family of six in Texas. By 1903, after her husband died, she moved to Seattle and looked for a place to build a home. Developer Clarence Hillman had recently acquired extensive land holdings in the area at the time located just south of Seattle's city limits and developed it. This was the first of many Hillman City subdivisions placed on the market. Hillman also established the Hillman City Post Office nearby. Lucretia Adams acquired some property from the developer, built her house, and in late 1903 or early 1904 moved in. Until 1921, she resided in the house which, for awhile, included her daughter Alice Rickard. By the late 1920s, Earl and Grave Hoke lived there. Earl Hoke worked as a salesman for Union Oil Company. During World War II James and Dwynwen Hillinshead occupied the house. James Hollinshead helped the war effort by working at the Associated Shipbuilders shipyards. The Adams House appears to meet City of Seattle Landmark criteria due to the age of the structure (over 100 years old) and minimal alterations.
The Adams House is a clipped gable vernacular house. Clipped gable roofs are uncommon for Seattle residences constructed prior to 1905. Full width porch with a low pitched hipped roof. Double hung windows.

Detail for 4526 S Mead ST S / Parcel ID 3330501656 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable - Clipped 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
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
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 4526 S Mead ST S / Parcel ID 3330501656 / Inv #

Photo taken Jan 05, 2005
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