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Summary for 903 25TH AVE / Parcel ID 0519000045 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare, American Foursquare- Colonial, Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1903
This is a well cared for example of transitional architecture combining elements of Queen Anne – Free Classic style with early 20th Century American Foursquare design. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by several alterations and additions.

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, it appears that S. E. Johnson owned the house from about 1926 until at least 1937. The structure was purchased by Earnest and Dimples Miller in 1952. Gregory and Josephine Yu Woodward owned it from at least 1992, when they acquired it from Ida Kuo Yu, until Douglas P. Oakey purchased it in 1995. Mark Johnson and Heather Walek have owned it since 2006.


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

King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed August 15, 2008)

This is a two story, clapboard clad, wood frame single-family residence on a brick foundation, over a full basement.

The moderately sloped hip roof, the wide overhanging eaves with enclosed soffits, the two-story foursquare form with one story wings or porches, and the emphasis on horizontal lines in the detailing of the façades suggests the emerging Prairie style. However, the asymmetrical placement of the windows, the bay window, and the simple door and window surrounds, are typical elements of the Queen Anne style. The central window bays of the two Chicago style windows features a shallow rectangular sash over a much larger undivided pane, a window pattern also typical of Queen Anne houses. The double hung windows have sashes of equal size and are ganged only where they have been recently replaced, unlike the typical pattern of window organization in Prairie style structures.

The classical columns that originally graced the northeast and southeast corners of this structure have been removed, but together with the wide frieze at the base of the soffits, the soffit modillions, and the feature strip with dentil at mid-height, are indicative of the “free classic” variant of Queen Anne work as it merged after the turn of the 20th century into the early colonial revival.

The porch of this building was originally a notch contained entirely within the body of the structure’s basic foursquare form; however, a rectangular, flat roofed projection now marks the entry at the northeast corner of the structure. The wide, built-up trim band with dentils that wraps the house between the first and second floors originally extended only across the front (east) elevation. A three-window bay with angled sides that once projected from the south elevation has been replaced with a squared bay of similar width but a new pair of double hung windows. Two new small windows have been added at the west end of the south façade. A new Chicago style window, similar to the one that has long been located at the south end of the east facade, has replaced the much smaller south facing double-hung window that originally provided south light to the front room at the first floor level.

The house was built in 1903 (King County Property Record Card; the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed August 15, 2008). The alterations described above were completed after 1937 and appear fairly recent.

Detail for 903 25TH AVE / Parcel ID 0519000045 / 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: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 903 25TH AVE / Parcel ID 0519000045 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 23, 2007
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