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Summary for 716 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2255500055 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1901
This is an example of Queen Anne cottage architecture. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by alterations to the porch and minor changes to some 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 Luke H. Thurston from about 1930 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, shingle and vertical board clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete, concrete block, and post and beam foundation, over a  partial (35%) basement.

The  rectangular plan with minor projections at the front and back porches is capped by a gable roof with moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits. The undersides of the eaves at the front facing gable have unusual sloped soffits.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design. The variety of cladding materials, and the details of their installation, are also typical of that style. The Tuscan columns that originally supported the front porch roof gave the structure a slight Free Classic flavor. The relatively simple roof and the small scale of the structure make it a cottage.

The property was renovated or remodeled in 1980, according to the
King County GIS Center Property Report.

The slender columns that once supported the porch roof have been removed and replaced with decorative metal supports. Metal railings have been added at the porch and entry stair. The original siding appears to have been covered with a more modern material in the late 1950s but has since been returned to its original appearance. A few of the windows appear to have been replaced or modified. The original 15 light entry door has been replaced with a solid panel (with small cut-outs) in the original opening.

(The house shown in the photograph attached to the King County Property Record Card and dated 1962 is actually the house next door to the north; the subject property is shown at the right margin of the 1962 photograph).

Detail for 716 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2255500055 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Vertical - Boards, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Block, Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves, Gable 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): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 716 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2255500055 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007
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