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Summary for 2909 S WASHINGTON ST S / Parcel ID 3416600815 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage, Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1902
This is an example of Queen Anne Free Classic design with a touch of Queen Anne cottage spindlework detailing and a Shingle style bowed gable. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by replacement of the spindlework elements and minor modifications to some of the 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 Tressa B. Landsberg from about 1919 until at least 1937. The current owner purchased the property from Christian J. Jacobson and others in 1992.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed August 18, 2008)

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

This is a one-and-a-half story, clapboard and wood shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a brick foundation, but with no basement. The somewhat irregular plan is capped by a gable roof with a south facing cross gable, moderate overhangs, and enclosed soffits.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design. The built-up wood porch entablature, the built-up frieze that wraps the house just below the eaves, and the built-up wood corner boards (detailed to resemble very slender engaged pilaters) are Free Classic design elements. These features contrast somewhat with the heavy turned wood posts that originally supported the roof at the front porch. Although now replaced with simpler structural elements, these turned post were a feature typically associated with the Spindlework version of the Queen Anne style often utilized by "cottage" designers. The slightly bowed, shingle clad surface projecting from the upper portion of the front gable is suggestive of Shingle style sensibilities, representing another strand of late Queen Anne architecture.

This house was built in 1902. A single story extension at the back of the house appears to be an original plan element (or an early addition). The turned wood posts that supported the hipped porch roof in 1937 have been replaced with square wood posts, and the porch railings appear to have been significantly modified. Some windows have been replaced and aluminum storm windows have been added at several openings. The siding and detail elements appear to be original.

Detail for 2909 S WASHINGTON ST S / Parcel ID 3416600815 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Brick
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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2909 S WASHINGTON ST S / Parcel ID 3416600815 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 17, 2008

Photo taken May 17, 2008
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