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Summary for 2706 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 1959700875 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Other, Queen Anne Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1903
 
Significance
This is a prominently situated example of Neoclassical architecture, a comparatively rare style in Seattle. The warp-around porch adds a slight Queen Anne character to the design. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by alterations to the siding, and by additional less significant modifications.

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.

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 March 6. 2008)


 
Appearance
This is a two-and-a-half story, aluminum siding clad wood frame single-family residence on a concrete and brick foundation, over a three-quarter basement.

The west façade of this house is dominated by a full height porch supported by classical fluted columns with Corinthian capitals and surmounted by a low balustrade, all defining features of the Neoclassical style. The symmetrically balanced windows on the two primary elevations, the center door at the entry façade, the moderate overhang of the boxed eaves, the modillions and dentils at the base of the eaves, and the wide, built up frieze are all typical details of Neoclassical houses. The wrap-around one story porch, supported by Ionic columns, surmounted by its own low balustrade, and passing through the full height porch at the front of the house, is an elaboration of an uncommon Neoclassical extension that gives the house a slightly Queen Anne flavor, as does the somewhat less symmetrically organized back end of the house.

A portion of the wrap-around porch at the southeast quadrant appears to have been enclosed to form a sunroom, though this was likely done at a very early date and may be original. The aluminum siding was added in the 1940s or 1950s. At least one of the chimneys appears to have modified or extended. The balustrades may have been rebuilt using balusters of reduced section.

The house is located on the east side of Harvard Avenue, which extends along what is now the east margin of Interstate 5. Its corner location gives it some local prominence and its distinctive character causes it to stand out among the houses visible to travelers on the freeway.

The house was built in 1903 (King County Property Record Card; King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed March 6, 2008). The King County Property Record Card indicates that the house was remodeled in 1913. The original siding was replaced or covered at some point between 1937 and 1959.


Detail for 2706 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 1959700875 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Metal - Aluminum Siding, Wood Foundation(s): Brick, Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat, Gable, Hip 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 Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2706 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 1959700875 / Inv # 0


Photo taken Oct 08, 2007
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