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Summary for 1515 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 2572400150 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1901
This is a somewhat unusual example of Queen Anne architecture exhibiting a fairly high degree of integrity, although the design has been somewhat compromised by alterations to the entry stairs and by modifications and additions to the daylight basement.

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, Bessie Kartchofsky apparently owned the house from about 1924 until at least 1937. The current owners acquired the property in 1998.


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 story, clapboard and shingle clad, wood frame triplex on a concrete; concrete block, and post and beam foundation, over a full basement.

The building has a somewhat irregular plan (the back half of the house is six feet narrower than the front half, giving the structure an L-shaped footprint). The building is capped by a hip roof. A small gable sits near the front edge of the main roof and marks both the center of the entry porch and the position of the entry stairs. The main roof has moderate overhangs with enclosed soffits.

The half glazed entry door with transom, the cutaway bays either side of the entry door (each with a central cottage window flanked by slender double-hung units), and the combination of spindlework and bandsaw-cut bracing framing the entry to the porch at the top of the front stairs, are all characteristic features of Queen Anne cottage architecture, although the long, narrow footprint, the relatively shallow pitch of the roof, and more or less symmetrical street facade are more suggestive of bungalow design. The original solid porch railings and the original stepped walls either side of the entry stairs (now replaced) were also more characteristic of bungalow work.

This structure was built in 1901. It was remodeled in 1916 according to the King County Property Record Card. It is not clear if the structure was built as a triplex, but it already included three housing units when the structure was surveyed by the Assessor in 1937. It appears the basement has been expanded and more of the basement has been finished since that date. (A notation on the King County Property Record Card suggests that the concrete foundation was constructed in 1950.) In addition, the garage door beneath the west end of the front porch that provided vehicle access to the basement in 1937 has been replaced by an entry door and window, suggesting that the northwest corner of the basement has been converted to additional living space.

The front stairs have been replaced and are now enclosed by simple wood baluster railings rather than the stepped sidewalls of the original design. The shingle-clad solid porch railings have been replaced by simple wood baluster type railings, and the shaped corner post at either end of the porch have been replaced by simpler wood support elements. In most other respects, the porch and street facade appears much as they did in 1937

This house is situated in the Central Area in a part of town characterized by a rectangular street grid.

Detail for 1515 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 2572400150 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Block, Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1515 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 2572400150 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 29, 2007
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