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Summary for 504 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 1250200675 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage, Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1900/1901
This is an interesting and somewhat atypical example of Folk Victorian or Queen Anne Cottage architecture. The structure retains a high degree of integrity despite the addition of a basement, the renovation of the porch, and, perhaps, the renovation or replacement of some windows and siding.

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, Antonio and Ascentio Scarsella apparently owned the house by 1938. It appears the structure was acquired by Lee A Griggs and his wife in 1960. Rochelle Dudley and Floyd Standifer owned the house by 1992. Dudley sold the house to Jodi and Arnold Jaecks in 1997. Jodi Jaecks sold the house to the current owner, Angela R. Muhlnickel, in 2006 (although J. A. Marks Construction, Inc. appear to have owned a partial interest for a time beginning in 2001). (It is not known if the Floyd Standifer mentioned above is the well known Seattle jazz musician of that name.)


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, drop siding clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The Assessor’s records suggest that the entire structure was built on a post and beam foundation; the concrete basement was apparently added at some point after 1937. Although the date of this major alteration is not known, the records hint that it may have been completed by the mid-1970s.

A moderately sloped, cross-hipped roof with overhanging eaves and enclosed soffits caps the L-shape plan. The main roof is extended over the extensive porch, which wraps the entire interior surface of the L-shaped structure. The porch roof has a flared appearance due to the transition from the steeper main roof to the shallower slope of the porch roof. Slightly more substantial chamfered wood posts have replaced the original, simple wood 4 x 4 porch roof supports.

Large, tall, two-over-two double hung windows characterize the structure. The windows are arranged singly and in pairs, and feature simple casings and sills. The glazing pattern is slightly reminiscent of Italianate design, or commercial fenestration, but the four-light windows, when combined with the hip roof and extensive porch, suggest a Folk Victorian or Queen Anne Cottage scheme based on pyramidal roof folk house designs developed in the period from 1850 to 1890. The entry door features a large glass light in its upper portion; a design typical of Queen Anne period homes. The brick chimneys are unadorned and penetrate the roof near the ridge.

The house was built in 1900 or1901 (the King County Property Record Car indicates the structure was completed in 1900; the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008, gives the date of construction as 1901). Although both the siding and the windows appear to have been renovated (or perhaps replaced in kind), the house appears much as it did in 1937.

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

Detail for 504 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 1250200675 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 504 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 1250200675 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 30, 2007
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