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Summary for 2601 E GALER ST E / Parcel ID 3204301110 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Queen Anne Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1906
This is an early example of Craftsman style architecture exhibiting some remnants of late Queen Anne design. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by replacement of most of the windows and all of the original clapboard siding, and by loss or modification of significant portions of the original wood trim.

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 property appears to have been owned by Edwin Aspholm in 1938. The current owner apparently acquired the house from Jackson D. Fairly and Elizabeth Welch in 1993.


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, shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement.

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

The windows and doors, and the organization of the siding, were originally characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with late Queen Anne design, though the details of the structure have been simplified in the years since the house was surveyed by the Assessor in 1937. The relatively steep slope of the roof also seems to be a remnant of the late Queen Anne style. On the other hand, the relatively wide barge boards, supported by triangular timber braces, and the exposed rafter tails identify this house as an early example of the then emerging Craftsman style.

This house was built in 1906. The King County Property Record Card indicates that an addition to the structure was completed in 1924.The detailing of the porch has been modified. A shed garage has been added at the northeast corner of the structure, though this addition may have occurred at an early date.

The original windows all appear to have been replaced with vinyl units, and some of the the associated wood trim elements have been altered.

Although the upper portions of the gables have always been clad with shingles, the body of the house, which was originally clad with clapboard siding, is now clad with shingles as well. As with the window trim, much of the woodwork associated with the original siding has been lost or altered.

Detail for 2601 E GALER ST E / Parcel ID 3204301110 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip, Shed 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 Windows: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2601 E GALER ST E / Parcel ID 3204301110 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 30, 2007
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