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Historic Name: Stokes, Harry C. and Emma J., House Common Name: Espling, Erik S. and Emilie M., House
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman, American Foursquare - Prairie, Queen Anne Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1906

This is an example of local residential architecture in a transitional stage between the Queen Anne, Craftsman and Prairie styles exhibiting only a fair degree of integrity.

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,


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

The hipped, low slope roof, the deep unenclosed overhangs, the exposed rafter tails, and the square piers supporting the hipped porch roof are all elements customarily associated with the Craftsman style. However, the window sash and glazing pattern in most of the windows is more typical of Queen Anne work, while the centered arch-top window at the front façade, together with the original band of arch top windows in the front facing dormer (now replaced with rectangular aluminum windows) gave this symmetrical hip roofed box a somewhat Italian flavor that is still suggested by the band saw work at the undersides of the rafters. The basic form of the house is similar to the symmetrically organized vernacular foursquare form of the early Prairie style.

Uncovered extensions of the central porch, and the associated gothic looking porch railing, that appear to have been situated to either side of the entry in the structure’s early years have been removed. Roof windows, a second floor deck, and a shed have been added. The original band of three, small, arch-top windows in the front facing dormer has been replaced with rectangular aluminum sash. The windows in the other dormers and two windows in the back of the house have also been replaced with aluminum. Gutters have been added.

The house was built in 1906 (King County Property Record Card; the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed March 6, 2008). The existing cladding appears to have been covered with shingle siding at some point between 1937 and 1956 but the cladding has more recently been returned to its original condition. Several of the alterations mentioned above suggest that the attic has been remodeled for domestic use.

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 two and a half-story American Foursquare house has a hipped roof with exposed decorative cut rafter tails and 2-inch exposure clapboard siding. A large hip-roofed porch centered on the main facade is supported by square pillars. The first and second stories contain original one-over-one, double-hung wood windows. Above the porch is a Palladian style window. A large hip-roofed dormer on the main elevation has a replacement metal sliding window.

Detail for this site is under review and the displayed data may not be fully up to date. If you need additional info, please call (206) 684-0464

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard 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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Politics/Government/Law
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References

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