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Summary for 809 18TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502145 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne, Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1900
This is a good example of the Queen Anne style, although the structure’s design integrity has been compromised by alterations to the decorative detailing and 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. The structure appears to have been owned by John J. Moffatt from about 1915 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 two story, clapboard clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation (though the King County Property Record Card indicates that the house was built on a post and beam and/or brick foundation). The house currently has a full basement. The porch appears to be built on a post and beam foundation.

The essentially rectangular plan is capped by a complex gable roof with relatively shallow overhangs and enclosed soffits.

The windows and doors still exhibit patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design, although several windows appear to have been at least partially replaced, resulting in the loss of most of the divided upper sashes that originally characterized the fenestration.

This house was built in 1900 according to the King County Property Record Card; however, the
King County GIS Center Property Report indicates that it was erected in 1901. An attached garage appears to have projected from the back side of the house in 1937; however, it is unclear if this structure still exists. A larger garage was added to the property in 1949.

The hip roofed window bay at the front of the house is very similar in size and configuration to the original front bay; however, the original bay was removed, probably in the 1960s, and for a time, a large, flat picture window was all that remained of the original bay opening. The clapboard siding that initially clad the structure was replaced or covered with concrete/asbestos siding in the same period, and the porch was modified by removal of the original porch railings and replacement of the columns supporting the pedimented porch roof with fewer and much less substantial looking structural elements. Although most of the building's clapboard siding was later reinstalled (or uncovered), the decorative wood detailing removed in the 1960s was not returned to its original appearance, resulting in a much simplified visual composition.

Detail for 809 18TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502145 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 809 18TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502145 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007
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