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Historic Name: Sullivan-Walker House Common Name: Silverberg, Steven M. and Elizabeth H., House
Style: American Foursquare - Prairie, Greek Revival, Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1899

This is an interesting if somewhat atypical example of eclectic, turn of the century design work exhibiting an uncertain architectural heritage. Its integrity has been somewhat compromised by alterations to the elevations visible from the street and an addition at the rear of the structure.

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.


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

King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed March 6, 2008)

Roanoke Park Historic District documentation update (prepared by Erin O’Connor, Lee O'Connor, Cheryl Thomas on the NR Form, 6/17/2009; data entry by ICF, January 2020):

The Roanoke Park Historic District is eligible for listing on the National Register under Criterion "A" for its direct association with events that made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of local and national history. The district is also significant under Criterion "C" for its collection of early 20th century residential architecture designed by many notable Seattle architects. The period of significance for the Roanoke Park Historic District begins in 1899, the earliest construction date, and ends in 1939, the date the neighborhood was built out. Many residents in the district were directly involved in the local and sometimes national historic context, some as much creating the history as expressing or representing it. The politicians, jurists, medical people, and earliest historians of Seattle who lived in the district were powerful actors, and many local themes of the day were played out with varying degrees of self-consciousness by other residents. The work and careers of the district's residents epitomize patterns and preoccupations in the settlement of the American west coast maritime cities.

The events of that pre-war period of political, economic, and cultural activity coincide with the period of the district's architectural significance, in which many of its architects trained on the east coast of the United States, the Midwest, England, and Europe designed the district's residences at the same time that they were designing the city of Seattle's significant buildings during and even after the only partial realization of the City Beautiful movement's ideals in the cities of the United States. The rise of world fairs and expositions and the realization of City Beautiful ideals in the layouts and buildings of these "cities within cities"1 is directly involved as well on the Roanoke Park plateau, whose major period of development was occasioned in large part by its overlooking the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition grounds. And the settlement of residential suburbs-in Seattle's case, "streetcar suburbs" ever farther outside the city center-is a pattern of development to be seen in the environment of most cities in the United States and in Seattle, particularly in the Roanoke Park Historic District.

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

The asymmetry of the original footprint and the cutaway bay at the second floor, southwest corner of the structure, and the variety seen in the design of the dormers suggest a Queen Anne design. The unfluted classical columns with Ionic capitals, the Palladian windows at the two side elevations, the garland and associated three part second story window over the street side entry, the semi-circular portico marking that entry, and the wide, clapboard clad suggestion of a frieze panel could be viewed as elements characterizing the “free classic” variant of Queen Anne work, or taken together with the moderately sloped hipped roof, these same elements could be viewed as remnants of early classical or Greek revival styling. The deep, enclosed, overhanging eaves, and the horizontal banding in the cladding are also suggestions of the emerging Prairie style.

The house was built in 1899 (King County Property Record Card gives the date as 1899; the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed March 6, 2008, gives the date as 1900). An addition and roof deck appear to have been added at the rear of the building. A roof window is also visible, suggesting that the attic has been converted to living space. Composition shingles have replaced the painted metal, standing seam roofing visible in the Assessor’s photograph of 1937, A parapet railing with turned balusters over the curved entry porch has been removed.

Roanoke Park Historic District documentation update (prepared by Erin O’Connor, Lee O'Connor, Cheryl Thomas on the NR Form, 6/17/2009; data entry by ICF, January 2020): This two and a half-story Neoclassical Revival house sits on almost two lots on the southeast comer of Broadway Ave E and E Hamlin St. It has a composition hipped roof with two original gabled side dormers and a central front dormer with a hipped roof that features Ionic pillars and pilasters on the dormer facade. The circular-roofed porch sits below a central triple double-hung window and a left double-hung single window. In addition to Ionic columns holding up the front porch and decorating the fa9ade by the second story’s triple window, clipped northwest comers on the first and second stories create small roofed balconies recessed under the roof and supported each by another Ionic column standing on a baluster comer.

The clipped second-story comer features a stained-glass window. The clipped first story comer features a door to the small balcony. A side porch on the south side, beneath a Palladian window and a single double-hung window, is reached through a gate in the picket fence that divides the front yard from the side yard. The house's cedar siding was painted in the l 930s.


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Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat, Hip, Shed Roof Material(s): Unknown, 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, Commerce, Politics/Government/Law
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Other: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References

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