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Summary for 220 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 0007600044 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Prairie Style, Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This is a fairly typical Prairie style bungalow with a few details suggestive of earlier Queen Anne work. The structure retains a fair degree of integrity despite an unsympathetic addition.

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 record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property; however, William Piper appears to have owned the house in the late 1930s. The current owner, Le X. Anderle, appears to have purchased the house in 2007 from Maria P. Sop, who had owned it since 2005. The record of ownership is complex from 1981 until 2005, though Richard O. Powell appears to have had a continuous interest in the property during that period.


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

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

This is a one-and-a-half story, clapboard clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation over a half basement. The relatively low, rectangular form, moderately sloped, hipped roof, and deep eaves with enclosed soffits accentuates the horizontal lines of the house and are suggestive of the Prairie style, as are the rectangular pier at the porch and the limited window banding, although many of these elements, and particularly the long rectangular footprint, are associated with craftsman design as well. The numerous, simply detailed, tall, individual, double hung windows are reminiscent of late Queen Anne style work.

The house was built in 1905 (King County Property Record Card; King County GIS Center Property Report). A flat roofed extension at the back (east) end of the house is unsympathetic with the design of the original structure but appears to be a very early addition. Several windows appear to have been replaced.

Detail for 220 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 0007600044 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 220 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 0007600044 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 14, 2007
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