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Summary for 427 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WAY / Parcel ID 1250200625 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1904
This is a fairly typical example of late Queen Anne style architecture built as the transition was being made to the more horizontal and more modern bungalow styles. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by alteration to some of the details.

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, P. Handlin apparently owned the house from about 1919 until at least 1937. It appears Eldridge Thomas and his wife acquired the structure in 1968. The current owners purchased the house from Eva M. Victor in 1991.


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 clad, wood frame single-family residence on a brick foundation, over a full basement. It features a rectangular plan and is capped by a moderately sloped hip roof with enclosed soffits.

An asymmetrically placed, partial width porch is enclosed under the principal roof. A porch railing has been added. The rectangular Tuscan pier, with obvious entasis, located at the corner of the porch, is a simplified version of the original built-up corner post. The windows are primarily one-over-one double-hung units arranged singly; however the front bay includes a central cottage window featuring a Queen Ann sash above a larger undivided sash. A pair of tall windows with single Queen Anne sashes open onto the porch as well. The hip roofed dormer once featured a pair of Queen Anne sashes; however, these have been replaced. The entry door also appears to have been replaced. The chimney, originally corbeled, appears to have been greatly reduced in height.

The house was built in 1904 (King County Property Record Card; King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008).

The structure is one of several detached houses situated on rectangular lots in a portion of the Central Area characterized by a rectangular street grid.

Detail for 427 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WAY / Parcel ID 1250200625 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Brick
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: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 427 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WAY / Parcel ID 1250200625 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 30, 2007

Photo taken Oct 30, 2007
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