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Summary for 723 19TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502265 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1903
This is a somewhat atypical example of American Foursquare architecture featuring elements drawn from late Queen Anne - Free Classic and early Prairie style design and exhibiting a fairly high degree of integrity despite significant modifications to the porch and the replacement of several 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 Seattleā€™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. Home Owners Loan Corporation appears to have owned the property when it was surveyed by the Assessor in 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, shingle and drop siding clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a nearly full basement. The porch appears to be built on a post and beam foundation.

The rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits. The porch is also capped by a hip roof. A small, front facing dormer is centered above the street facade and has a gable roof featuring a simple pediment.

Although the upper floor plan appears to diverge significantly from that of the typical foursquare scheme, the general shape of this double height, hip roofed structure suggests American Foursquare design. The horizontal emphasis caused by the change of cladding materials at mid-height, the projecting, hip roofed, single story porch, and the ganging of windows at the upper level suggest the Prairie style, which evolved from foursquare antecedents. However, the original door, window, and porch detailing was more suggestive of a Queen Anne - Free Classic approach. The house might also be described as a double height bungalow.

This house was built in 1903. The front porch has been altered by replacement of the original solid railing with a simple baluster railing and replacement of the Tuscan columns with simple wood posts. The porch stairs also appear to have been altered. Several windows appear to have been replaced (most in kind but some with simplified upper sashes substituted for the original Queen Anne style sashes, which featured combinations of diamond shaped and small rectangular lights). The front door appears to have been replaced. The cladding may have been renovated or replaced in kind but looks much as it did in 1937.

Detail for 723 19TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502265 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, 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 Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 723 19TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502265 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007
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