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Summary for 208 29TH AVE / Parcel ID 0366000030 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare, Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1906
This is a curious structure combining characteristics of late Queen Anne design with elements of the emerging Prairie style. The building’s integrity has been somewhat compromised by significant alteration to the porch and the replacement of some 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, Peter Thomas apparently owned the house from about 1919 until at least 1937. It appears the structure was acquired by William Lewis in 1965, by Paul Lewis (from Lottie May Lewis)in 1992, by Michael and Melissa Talevich in 2001, and it has been owned by Lincoln Miller and Nancy Sapiro since 2002.


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-and-a-half story, clapboard and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The porch appears to have been built on a post and beam foundation.

The moderately sloped hip roof with a lower, asymmetrically placed, cross gables is a defining element of the Queen Anne style; however, the box like massing of this two story house, with its attached one story porches, and the symmetrical placement of the two upper story windows in the front are suggestive of American Foursquare design. The deep overhanging eaves and the emphasis of horizontal lines in the organization of the siding and trim are characteristic of “Prairie Box” detailing

The cutaway bay at the south elevation (where a gable topped wing appears to extend over a bay windows built into the wall below), and the pent enclosed gable above are additional Queen Anne elements. The original front porch featured a pent enclosed gable roof supported by classical columns resting on a clapboard sided porch railing, details associated with the “Free Classic” variant of the Queen Anne style

The enclosed soffits and modillions are often associated with Queen Anne work, but are typical Prairie style features as well.

At most window openings, the sashes (whether fixed or double-hung) are each glazed with a single, undivided expanse of glass (the ten-over-one double-hung windows in the upper level of the street facade, and the group of three double-hung windows at the lower level of the façade are not original). This glazing pattern, the lack of significant window banding, and the simple door and window surrounds, are all characteristic of Queen Anne style.

A small, rectangular, second-story window that once marked the center of the west facing street elevation has been removed. The original band of windows in the front facing dormer has been replaced. The attic appears to have been finished at some point in the structure’s history and the porch has been significantly altered. The original large corniced chimney has been significantly reduced in height.

The house was built in 1906 (King County Property Record Card; King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008). The King County Property Record Card indicates that the house was remodeled prior to 1937, but does not give a date or a description of the work.

Detail for 208 29TH AVE / Parcel ID 0366000030 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
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: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 208 29TH AVE / Parcel ID 0366000030 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 23, 2007
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