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Summary for 2909 E ALDER ST E / Parcel ID 0366000040 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman, American Foursquare - Prairie, Queen Anne - Shingle Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This is an interesting eclectic structure combining features associated with a number of different styles, including the Prairie and Craftsman versions of the American Foursquare and the Shingle variant of the Queen Anne style, into a distinctive residence that has managed to maintain a high degree of integrity.

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, L. E. Hall apparently owned the house in when it was surveyed by the Assessor in 1937. It appears Freddie B. Fears acquired the structure in 1972. The current owners have owned it since 1986, when it was purchased from Ernest D. Brown and Susan Revotskie.


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

King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed July 29, 2008)

This is a two story, clapboard, shingle and drop siding clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement.

Although the footprint of the two-story portion of this house is more rectangular than square, its massing, combined with its hipped main roof, suggests a foursquare design. The low slope of the roof, the wide overhanging eaves, the one story wing at the rear, the strong emphasis on horizontal lines in the detailing of the elevations, and the massive square porch supports are all characteristic features of the Prairie style, which is often associated with the foursquare form. However, the centrally located band of three arch-topped windows in the street façade belies the suggestion of a foursquare scheme and is an element more often connected with the Shingle style variant of Queen Anne design, or -- more distantly -- with Richardsonian Romanesque work. The pattern of woven muntins in the upper half of the arch-topped windows, the asymmetrical placement of windows and bays on the side elevations, the variety of cladding types, and the integration of a recessed corner porch, are also more typical of Queen Anne or Shingle style work. The heavy bracketing under the false balcony gives the structure a slight Italianate flavor. The open soffits with exposed rafter tails are usually associated with the Craftsman style.

A single story structure at the back of the house appears to have been extant in 1937, although it may be an early addition.

The house was built in 1905 (King County Property Record Card; King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008). It is situated in a portion of the Central Area just east of Garfield High School characterized by small rectangular lots and a rectilinear street grid system.

Detail for 2909 E ALDER ST E / Parcel ID 0366000040 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 2909 E ALDER ST E / Parcel ID 0366000040 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 23, 2007
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