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Summary for 632 33RD AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Prairie, Queen Anne Neighborhood: Leschi
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This is a good example of the transition from late Queen Anne work to the emerging Prairie style. It has managed to retain a fairly high degree of integrity despite some minor modifications and the change in siding material.

This is one of approximately 2,200 houses that survive from among the much larger number of houses built in 1906 or before in Seattle’s core residential neighborhoods, including the Central Area, Eastlake, First Hill, Leschi, Madison Park, Madrona, and North Capitol Hill.

A complete permit history and record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property; however, Fannie Kalmans owned the house by 1938, it was acquired by K. Yoshinaha in 1962, by Jack Walker in 1963, by John Hassell from Joseph and Theda Alizio in 1993, and has been owned by Spafford and Lexie Robbins since 2000.


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, wood frame single-family residence clad with aluminum siding on a concrete foundation, over a full basement.

The numerous projecting elements used to break up the wall surfaces, (such as the bowed window bay at the north elevation, the rectangular bay at the south, and the upper story projection at the northwest corner) the simple door and window surrounds, and the use of shallow, rectangular windows (with a characteristic pattern of woven curvilinear muntins) over the main windows at both levels of the most visible facades, are typical elements of the Queen Anne style. However, this house exhibits many features more often associated with Prairie and Craftsman houses. The banks of double-hung windows (their upper sashes divided into small lights by the same characteristic, Queen Anne style, curvilinear muntin pattern found above the main windows), also feature small upper sashes over larger, undivided lower sashes, prefiguring the use of a more geometric versions of this device in Craftsman style houses. The ganging of these windows is extensive enough to suggest the bands of casement windows associated with the Prairie style.

Although the wide unenclosed overhangs and exposed rafter tails are feature typically associated with Craftsman design, the basic “four-square” form of the house, the low slope of the hipped roofs, the single story porch with its massive square roof supports, the rectangular, one story projection at the south elevation, and the use of other single-story appendages to the main, two-story structure, as well as the emphasis on horizontal lines in the overall composition, are more characteristic of Prairie school buildings.

The original narrow clapboard cladding has been replaced or covered with aluminum siding. The shutters are an obvious addition, clearly out of character with the other elements of the primary façades. Some glazing may have been replaced.

The house was built in 1905 (King County Property Record Card; the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008). A breakfast nook was added and portions of the house were remodeled in 1945, according to the King County Property Record Card.

Detail for 632 33RD AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Metal - Aluminum Siding, Wood 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: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 632 33RD AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 22, 2007

Photo taken Oct 22, 2007
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