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Summary for 1136 31ST AVE / Parcel ID 0357000060 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Leschi
Built By: Year Built: 1903
 
Significance
This is a very prominent and fine, if comparatively restrained, example of the Queen Anne style that has retained a high degree of integrity despite some alterations.

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, J. J. Connell apparently owned the house from about 1926 until at least 1937. It has been owned by the Eleanor Heino Credit Shelter Trust since 1997 and was owned by the Heino Family Trust for several years before that. It is not clear if any members of the Heino family currently live in the house.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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

King County GIS Center Property Report (http://www5.kingcounty.gov/kcgisreports/property_report.aspx; accessed July 29, 2008)

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

This structure features a steeply sloped hip roof with numerous lower, asymmetrically placed, cross gables, and an irregular, asymmetrical floor plan, both defining characteristics of the Queen Anne style. One of the gables faces diagonally towards the southwest and surmounts a round tower that engages that corner of the house. Large, pent enclosed gables also dominate the two primary elevations, facing west and south.

The design employs a number of other devices customarily associated with the Queen Anne style. One- and two-story rounded bays protrude from the wall surfaces beneath the primary gables. The gables themselves have a slight flare at the eaves and appear to be cantilevered due to the extended overhang of the gable pents. The enclosed entry porch at the west elevation is asymmetrically placed relative to the gable and extends most of the way across the façade. The soffits of the broad overhanging eaves are enclosed. A large, corbelled, masonry chimney is visible near the ridge of the hipped main roof.

The simple door and window surrounds, the use of large undivided panes in most of the windows, and the numerous tall double-hung windows (most of which have sashes of equal size, although a few have unequal sashes where the upper sash is dived into regular peaked rectangular lights in a “double house” pattern) are all elements customarily associated with Queen Anne design.

The house does not feature any spindlework. The use of a single style of clapboard siding, the extension around the building of the restrained porch entablature in the form of a built up wood belt course incorporating dentils, and a heavy classical railing that once surmounted the porch, are decorative details most often associated with the Free Classic variant of the Queen Anne style.

The single story, west-facing porch has been enclosed since at least 1937, although – as noted above -- the heavy classical balustrade that once surmounted the porch was removed, probably at some point just prior to 1960. A shed-roofed structure at the east elevation may be an addition, and a “Dutch hip” at the north side of the house suggests that there may be an addition at that elevation as well.

The house is located on a large lot at the northeast corner of South Judkins Street and 31st Avenue South, The latter street jogs to the west at Judkins as it passes from south to north, placing the subject property almost directly on axis with 31st Avenue and directly in the view of northbound travelers. The house is also a prominent feature in the wide prospect available to individuals traveling east on Judkins Street as they approach the broad intersection with 31st. The house is situated on a ridge, suggesting to passers-by that a spectacular view across Lake Washington may be available from the east side of the structure.

The house was built in 1903 (King County Property Record Card; the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008).


Detail for 1136 31ST AVE / Parcel ID 0357000060 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves, Gable, Hip, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1136 31ST AVE / Parcel ID 0357000060 / Inv # 0


Photo taken Oct 23, 2007

Photo taken Oct 23, 2007
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