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Summary for 836 W Etruria ST W / Parcel ID 701520-0260 / Inv #

Historic Name: Jenkins, Frederick & Muriel, House Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Cottage Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1928
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).
Tudor Revival was one of the most popular residential styles in Seattle during the 1920s, and Queen Anne is particularly rich with examples. Another house similar to this one, at 3263 Conkling Pl. W. is also in the inventory; a different builder is listed on the permit for that house, but they may have had the same architect. This is an example of a modest “builder’s Tudor,” which have the typical steep gable roofs, a turret and details such as half-timbering and leaded windows, but on a small scale. This example is distinguished by a small conical turret and its clapboard cladding, rather than red brick. This house was designed in 1928 by the architectural firm of Baker, Vogel & Roush, and built by Joseph Grandey, a local building contractor who built some of the largest houses in Queen Anne Park. Queen Anne Park, bounded roughly by W. Bertona, W. Barrett, Seventh Avenue W. and Eleventh Avenue W., was developed in 1926 by the Fred W. Keen Company, with the intention of creating an exclusive gated community. A key feature of the subdivision was its curving streets, laid out by Morford & Mowrey, Civil Engineers, to reduce the steep grades and “lend beauty to the homesites.” Each site had a view, with some houses being built on speculation and others for owners. The company took great pride in the fact that concrete streets, sidewalks and utility installation were all completed before home construction began. Plans were made for 230 homes; however, the stock market crash of 1929 occurred before they were all built, so development occurred more slowly than planned. The result is that the numerous Revival styles from the 1920s-30s are mixed with buildings from the 1950s-60s. It was the first housing addition on Queen Anne to deviate from the standard rectilinear street grid, instead applying a curvilinear layout that responded to the contours of the terrain. The same notions of site design were used in the Maple View Park Addition, and Hill’s Queen Anne Park, which followed in 1927 and 1929. The first owner of this house is not known. It evidently took some time to sell, or was repossessed, as the owner in 1938 was the developer, the F. W. Keen Company; Bertram and Edyth Brennan occupied it at that time. The owners with the longest tenure were Frederick Jenkins, an employee of the Acme Boiler & Tank Company, and his wife Muriel. They purchased the house in the late 1940s and Mrs. Jenkins remained here until at least 1968. Later owners included Carolyn Nelson (1970s) and Craig Kastener, an attorney with Williams Kastener Gibbs.
This is a simple gable-and-wing house with a conical turret (of approximately the same height as the adjacent gable) in the center, at the point where the wing and gable sections are joined. The house is primarily clad in wood shingles; the front gable end is board and batten to give a half-timbered effect. The turret has two narrow 8-light windows. The entry is just west of the turret, with an arched door a simple stoop with a single step. Above the entry is a rather shallow square bay window with casement sash. A small arched window is to the east of the entry. East of the turret, on the main façade is a group of three casement windows on the main floor. Above is a double-gabled dormer with two six-light casement windows. The east elevation has a clipped gable and a secondary entry with a shed roof.

Detail for 836 W Etruria ST W / Parcel ID 701520-0260 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Vertical - Board and Batten Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Wood - Shingle
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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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.
Morford, George E., "Concrete Pavements First Improvement Specified for Queen Anne Park, Seattle," Concrete Highways and Public Improvements, February 1928.

Photo collection for 836 W Etruria ST W / Parcel ID 701520-0260 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 16, 2003
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