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Summary for 829 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501810 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare- Colonial Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1900
This is an interesting example of American Foursquare architecture with some colonial revival detailing. The structure’s design integrity has been compromised by the removal of a projecting element that once stretched across the street facade, the replacement of many of the windows, and modifications to some of the cladding details.

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. Omicrom Company Inc. appears to have owned the structure from about 1936 until at least 1937. Gordon  K. Kirabayashi apparently acquired the house in 1957.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed July 12, 2008)

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

This is a two story, clapboard  and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The porches appear to be built on a post and beam foundations.

The essentially rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with moderate but heavily detailed overhangs, characterized by enclosed soffits with closely spaced block modillions.

Most of the windows appear to have been replaced with vinyl units. Still, the doors and some of the windows are characterized by patterns and details associated with colonial revival work. A broken pediment with scroll work at the apex and with a broken base caused by intrusion of a Palladian window at the front facing dormer, a circular window at the south elevation, and a combination of windows at the north bay, including a large arch top window and two circular windows, give the structure a strong colonial revival feel.

This house was built in 1900 according to the King County Property Record Card; however, the
King County GIS Center Property Report indicates the structure was built in 1901.

A well integrated projecting element, described on the King County Property Record Card as a "lean to," extended across the facade south of the projecting front porch when the house was surveyed in 1937. This structure appears to have been removed. The "quoins" that once decorated the front corners of the house also appear to have been removed.

Detail for 829 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501810 / 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, Hip Roof Material(s): Unknown, Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 829 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501810 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007
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