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Summary for 304 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 1250200495 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1890/1901
 
Significance
This is a interesting example of Queen Anne architecture incorporating features of both earlier and later styles. The structure retains a high degree of integrity, despite having lost a little of the original ornamentation.

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, J. A. Fay apparently owned the house from about 1932 until at least 1937. The current owners, Clifton and Paula Evans, purchased the house from Twila M. Devine in 1983.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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

King County GIS Center Property Report (http://www5.kingcounty.gov/kcgisreports/property_report.aspx; accessed July 29, 2008)

 
Appearance
This is a one-and-a-half story, clapboard and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a post and beam foundation. There is no basement. The irregular plan appears L-shaped from the street. Although the rafter tails are enclosed, the steeply sloped, cross-gable roof features “open” (i.e. sloped) soffits, giving the structure a slight Stick style appearance. Despite this feature, and the horizontal banding at mid-window height in the gables, the treatment of the wall surfaces in general is more typical of Queen Anne work. A shed-roofed porch is situated in the elbow of the apparently L-shaped plan. The porch features elaborate bracketing and a turned corner post typical of the spindlework variant of the Queen Anne style. An elaborate gable ornament (another typical Queen Anne feature) occurs in the west (front) facing gable. A similar ornament was removed from the south facing side gable some time after 1937. The windows are primarily one-over-one double-hung units. Most are arranged in pairs. A few are organized in banded groups, a practice more often associated with Shingle style architecture, or with more modern styles of residential work.

The house was built in 1890 (King County Property Record Card; the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008, gives the date as 1901). The owner of the house, who identified himself at the time of the survey, believes the house was built in 1897. He also indicated that several modifications have been made to the interior.

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 304 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 1250200495 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-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
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 304 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 1250200495 / Inv # 0


Photo taken Oct 30, 2007
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