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Summary for 137 31ST AVE / Parcel ID 3416600690 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Prairie, Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: Leschi
Built By: Year Built: 1906
 
Significance
This is a good example of American Foursquare design incorporating elements of Queen Anne - Free Classic architecture and the emerging Prairie style and exhibiting a high degree of design integrity.

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 Seattleā€™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 Marco Franco from about 1919 until at least 1937. The current owner, Daniel W. Hailey, apparently purchased the property in 1961.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

King County GIS Center Property Report (http://www5.kingcounty.gov/kcgisreports/property_report.aspx; accessed August 18, 2008)

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

 
Appearance
This is a two story, clapboard clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The rectangular plan of the main volume is capped by a moderately sloped hip roof; the projecting porch and upper level sunroom (or enclosed sleeping porch) are capped by a deep, pent-enclosed, front facing cross gable. The structure has extensive overhangs with enclosed soffits and decorative modillions.

The hip roof with cross gable is a signature feature of the Queen Anne style, as is the subtle double-height bay at the southern half of the street elevation. The internal layout appears to be based on a typical foursquare scheme. The built up frieze at the base of the overhangs, and the built-up wood belt course with dentil strip are Queen Anne - Free Classic elements. The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with both Queen Anne and Prairie style houses. The sunroom and associated gable over the projecting porch are supported by massive-looking, built-up wood piers bearing on solid, clapboard clad porch railings. When viewed in conjunction with the ganged, arts and crafts style windows of the sunroom and the deep overhangs, the design of this projecting element appears more characteristic of Prairie style work than of Queen Anne design.

This house was built in 1906. The sunroom/sleeping porch was fenestrated when surveyed by the Assessor in 1937.

Detail for 137 31ST AVE / Parcel ID 3416600690 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 137 31ST AVE / Parcel ID 3416600690 / Inv # 0


Photo taken May 17, 2008
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