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Summary for 811 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502490 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Gothic - Late Gothic revival, Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1899
This is a relatively rare example of Gothic Revival architecture. The structure’s design integrity has been compromised by extensive alterations to the porch, by the replacement of almost all of the original windows, and by the addition of new window openings.

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; however, the house appears to have been owned by Eva E. Felt from about 1933 until at last 1937. The current owner, Arthur Davis, Jr. acquired the house in 1956 and has thus owned the structure for over 50 years.


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, shingle, drop siding, and vertical board clad, wood frame single-family residence on a post and beam foundation, with no basement. The King County Property Record Card indicates that the post and beam foundation may include some concrete components.

The T-shape plan is capped by a cross gable roof with slight overhangs and enclosed soffits.

The paired front gables with their steeply sloped roofs and tall narrow windows, the slender front facing bay, and the simple decorative wood filigree work that originally characterized the front porch, are all elements associated with residential Gothic Revival architecture. The complexity of the cladding design, the spindlework character of the original porch filigree, and the relatively simple style of the window casings and gable facias all indicate the influence of Queen Anne work on this relatively late example of "Carpenter Gothic" design.

The fact that the street facing cross bar of this structure's "T" shaped plan is one room wide is suggestive of "I" house typology.

This house was built in 1899 according to
the King County Property Record Card, and in 1901 according to the King County GIS Center Property Report . The structure was remodeled in 1935, according to the King County Property Record Card.

The Gothic profile of the house is very similar to what it was in 1937. A shed roofed component of the structure that nearly fills the southwest inside corner of the "T" shaped plan was present in 1937 and may be an early addition. The front porch has been significantly altered. The cladding of the house, in general, is close to its original appearance; however, the wood posts and decorative spindlework that once characterized the front porch have been replaced with metal roof supports and railings. The front door appears to have been replaced and the opening details altered. Most of the windows appear to have been replaced, several with vinyl or aluminum sash, and some of the windows appear to be in altered or added openings.

Detail for 811 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502490 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Vertical - Boards, Wood, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: T-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 811 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502490 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007
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