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Summary for 2715 E PIKE ST E / Parcel ID 1189000150 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905

This  Queen Anne cottage is representative of a large number of such structures in the City’s oldest residential neighborhoods. Most have been altered; in the case of this example, the structure’s design integrity has been compromised by significant alterations to the porch and major modifications to several windows.

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, Walter R. Bennett apparently owned the house when the Assessor surveyed it in 1937. It appears the structure was later acquired by Brock T. Smith, though the date of this acquisition is unknown. The current owner has owned the house since purchasing it from Frank and Anita Rowe in 1989.


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 shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation. There is no basement.

The structure’s moderately sloped hip roof annd the asymmetrically placed, front facing, cross gable identify it as a Queen Ann Cottage.

The decorative shingles in the pent-enclosed gable, the enclosed soffits, the recessed, half-width porch, the window bay, the simple door and window surrounds, the use of double-hung windows with undivided sashes of equal size, and the characteristic Queen Anne "cottage" window consisting of a shallow rectangular upper component with a regular diamond pattern of divided lights over a much larger undivided component, are typical elements of the Queen Anne style.

A group of small square piers -- roof-supporting elements which once stood on a pedestal incorporated into the porch railing -- lent the original house a slightly “free classic” flavor. However, this group of piers has been replaced by a light steel latticework element. A vent has replaced the front gable window, and two small glazed openings at the north side elevation, as well as the small window that opens onto the porch, have replaced much taller double-hung windows at those locations. The back porch appears to have been enclosed

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

Detail for 2715 E PIKE ST E / Parcel ID 1189000150 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, 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: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2715 E PIKE ST E / Parcel ID 1189000150 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 26, 2007
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