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Summary for 830 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502120 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This is an example of early Craftsman style bungalow design with elements of workingman's foursquare architecture and a slight Italianate flavor at the porch exhibiting a fairly high degree of integrity despite the apparent replacement of some windows.

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. The house appears to have been owned by Joseph T. McCoy from about 1914 until at least 1937.


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

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

This is a one-and-a-half story, clapboard and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a  concrete foundation  scored to resemble stone or block, over a partial (33%) basement.

The rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with fairly extensive overhangs, open soffits, and exposed rafter tails, all roof details customarily associated with Craftsman design.

Most of the windows and doors feature Craftsman or late Queen Anne detailing. The ganged windows at the north elevation, and the double hung units with divided lights in the upper sash and a single light below, and the full width, inset porch are particularly evocative of Craftsman sensibilities. The large, square, built-up wood porch piers and the low slope hip roof with large hip roofed dormers might also be associated with Prairie style work, but this association is weakened by the exposed rafter tails at the overhangs and the heavy bracketing at the porch piers (the latter elements giving the porch a slight Italianate or Spanish eclectic flavor).

The house was built in 1905 as the transition was being made from late Queen Anne work to early Craftsman work in Seattle.

Detail for 830 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502120 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, 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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 830 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502120 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007
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