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Summary for 939 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAY / Parcel ID 3274800515 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1890
This is a fairly typical example of Queen Anne cottage architecture. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by at least one early addition, alterations to the porch, and the replacement of several wood windows with vinyl (or coated aluminum) windows.

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 M. W. Baker from about 1922 until at least 1937. Robert Robinson acquired the property in 1964. Meredith Eleanor Jenkins appears to have purchased the house from Sanjoe Jones in 1994. It was then acquired by Yakeline L. Pena and Mark Tocci in  1999, by Raymond S. (III) and Patricia M. Matthieu in 2004, and by the current owner in September 2007.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed July 3, 2008)

King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972) Washington State Archives

This is a one-and-a-half story, drop siding and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete and post and beam foundation, over a partial (38%) basement. The porch appears to be built on a post and beam foundation.

The irregular plan is capped by a gable roof with minimal overhangs and enclosed soffits. Portions of the structure north of the front-facing gable can not easily be observed from the public right-of-way.

The original windows and doors were characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with the Queen Anne style; however, several of the windows have been replaced. The irregular floor plan, the use of shingle siding in the gable peak, and the turned and shaped elements comprising the porch posts and railings, are all typical elements of Queen Anne work.

This house was built in 1890, according to the King County Property Record Card. (The
King County GIS Center Property Report (accessed July 3, 2008) indicates that the house was built in 1900, but this information source cannot record dates of construction earlier than 1900.)

The King County Property Record Card suggests that this house was originally built on a post and beam foundation but that some portion of the original foundation was replaced with a concrete system at some point after 1937. The King County Property Record Card also suggests that some of the irregularity of the floor plan is due to the construction of an early one story, L-shaped addition at the north side of the structure, although the date of the addition is not indicated (and other parts of the record suggest that the house was never remodeled).

Attic vents have been added at the shingle clad peak of the front gable. The porch posts and railings appear to have been replaced with similar but simpler and less ornate wood elements.

Several of the original windows have been replaced with vinyl double-hung units.

A notice board posted in Fall 2007 was still at the site when the property was visited
the following December in the course of completing initial field work for the Early Residential Building Survey. The board indicated that a short plat of the property was under consideration by the City.

Detail for 939 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAY / Parcel ID 3274800515 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 939 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAY / Parcel ID 3274800515 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Dec 10, 2007
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