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Summary for 703 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502369 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1906
This is a good example of American Foursquare design with craftsman detailing at the roof, porch and windows, with a hint of Spanish eclectic detailing in the upper facade. The structure exhibits a high degree of integrity despite what appears to be an early one story addition at the rear, and alterations to the trim and cladding (now mostly reversed).

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. Willis F. Green appears to have owned the house from about 1934 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 and stucco clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a half basement.

The rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with moderate overhangs, open soffits, and exposed rafter tails.

The rafter tails, the low pitch roof, the large square piers at the inset porch, and the window casings all are typical of the  Craftsman style, though the horizontal banding between the stucco cladding at the upper facade, and the clapboard siding below, is somewhat evocative of Prairie style work. The heavy bracketing at the porch (and originally at the southeast corner of the house), the cruciform detail in the center of the east (front) facade, and the closely spaced bracketing below the front, corner bay windows are foursquare features with a slight Spanish eclectic flavor.

The original clapboard siding at the lower half of the house was replaced or covered with a more modern material in the 1960s, and some minor changes were made to the wood trim about the same time; however, the siding has since been returned to its original appearance. In 1953, a new, larger garage appears to have replaced an earlier similar structure found at the site by the Assessor in 1937. More recently, this replacement structure appears also to have been demolished.

Detail for 703 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502369 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Vertical - Boards, 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: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 703 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502369 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007
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