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Summary for 317 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WAY / Parcel ID 1250200535 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1892/1901/1911
This is a fairly typical Craftsman bungalow, although the current appearance of the structure is a probably a compromised version of the original design reflecting the impact of the 1911 remodel.

This is one of approximately 2,200 houses that are still extant out of more than 5,000 that were built by the end of 1906 in Seattle’s Central Area, Eastlake, First Hill, Leschi, Madison Park, Madrona, and North Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

A complete permit history, and a complete record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property; however, Dave Roitbord apparently owned the house from about 1926 until at least 1937. It appears the structure was acquired by Raymond Voight in 1940, and by Hughbanks, Inc. in 1942. The current owner acquired the house from Geneva W. Campbell in 1997.


King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972) Washington State Archives

King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed July 29, 2008)

This is a one story, clapboard and stucco clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The porch appears to be built on a post and beam foundation.

The rectangular plan is capped by a simple gable roof. The projecting front porch, which also features a gabled roof,  is asymmetrically placed. The windows are chiefly one-over-one double-hung units arranged singly except at the front, where three units are banded together. The style and rail entry door is glazed and features ten nearly square lights.

The wide bargeboards, supported by timber knee braces, the exposed rafter tails, the heavy square piers supporting the gable roof of the projecting front porch, and the banded double hung windows in the street elevation are all characteristic features of the Craftsman style.

The house was built in 1892 (King County Property Record Card; the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008, gives the date of construction as 1901). It appears to have been in its present form since at least 1937; however, the craftsman detailing probably dates from sometime after initial construction (whether built in 1892 or 1901). The King County Property Record Card indicates that the house was remodeled in 1911. Some of the windows may have been replaced more recently, and storm windows appear to have been added at some openings.

The structure is situated in an area of the Central Area characterized by rectangular lots and a rectilinear street grid system; however, the eastern boundary of this particular parcel appears to be irregular due to the curve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way at this location.

Detail for 317 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WAY / Parcel ID 1250200535 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
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Photo collection for 317 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WAY / Parcel ID 1250200535 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 30, 2007
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