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Summary for 2722 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 1959700860 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman, American Foursquare - Prairie, Queen Anne Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1906
 
Significance
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,

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, 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.


Detail for 2722 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 1959700860 / Inv # 0

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
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2722 HARVARD AVE / Parcel ID 1959700860 / Inv # 0


Photo taken Oct 08, 2007
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