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Summary for 1102 13TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501170 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: First Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1900
This is a good, though fairly typical, example of Queen Anne architecture featuring both free classic and spindlework design elements. The structure’s design integrity has been compromised by the replacement of most window sashes, the addition of a few window openings, and some modifications to the cladding.

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 a complete record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property; however, Nellie E. Arnold apparently owned the house from about 1920 until at least 1937. It appears the structure was purchased by John L. and Beverly E. Head in 1953, by William Striker in 1955, by Arthur Hilst in 1956, by Hal Chapman in 1960, and by Cleve Bardwell in 1964. Marin C. and Ann Fasano acquired the property from Frances Bardwell in a trade transaction involving Exchange Properties Corp in 1994. The current owners, Timothy Brown and Helen C. Sullivan, purchased the property in 1997.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed July 22, 2008)

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

This is a two-and-a-half story, clapboard and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The King County Property Record Card indicates that the porch is built on a post and beam foundation. The rectangular plan features a steeply sloped gable roof with moderate eaves and enclosed soffits.

The single story front porch extends across the northern half of the west (front) façade and is characterized by turned posts supporting a hip roof width spindlework frieze. A small, early (before 1937), single-story addition projects from the middle of the east (rear) elevation, adjacent to the back porch.

The fenestration is characterized by tall, single and paired one-over-one double-hung windows. A cottage window marks the center of a front facing cutaway bay. Some new openings have been added since 1937; however, the overall composition and style of structure’s exterior, and the system of detailing, have been maintained. The paired double hung attic window at the front gable has been replaced with a slider, and most of the windows have been modified by the replacement of the original wood sashes with vinyl sashes of similar size and appearance.

The original simple (but tall) main chimney appears to have been shortened and a partially exposed flue tile has been made a feature at its top. A small secondary chimney appears to have been removed.

The original dentil strip, wrapping the house just below roof soffit level, gives a free-classic flavor to the basic Queen Anne form, although the porch detailing is more suggestive of the later spindlework subtype of Queen Anne design. Corner boards have been added, suggesting renovation of the clapboard cladding. Vertical board siding was in place at the base of the house (below the water table marking first floor level) when the house was surveyed by the assessor in 1937; however, this cladding type was not noted when the house was visited as part of the Early Residential Building Survey in 2007.

A new roof window suggests that the attic has been finished relatively recently. It appears that the basement has also been finished since the house was originally constructed, although it has not yet been determined exactly when this work was completed.

This house was built in 1900 (King County Property Record Card; King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 22, 2008).

The structure is one of several detached single-family houses placed squarely on rectangular lots in a portion of the city characterized by a rectangular street grid. This house is situated on a west-facing slope near the eastern edge of the valley separating First Hill from the Central Area.

Detail for 1102 13TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501170 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable 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
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1102 13TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501170 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 21, 2007
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