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Summary for 1317 29TH AVE / Parcel ID 3644100030 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage, Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1901
This is a good example of vernacular design with elements of Queen Anne cottage architecture. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by replacement of the windows and window casings and by the modification of details at the entry porch.

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. The house appears to have been acquired by Fred J. Reetz in 1941 and by Frank Shields in 1954. The current owner purchased the property in 2005.


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 story, drop siding, vertical board siding, and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The porch appears to be built on a post and beam foundation.

The essentially rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with minimal overhangs and enclosed soffits. The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design, although the window casings appear to be of later design.

This house was built in 1901. An early addition is centered on the rear elevation of the building and extends across most of it. The concrete foundation and basement appear to have replaced the original post and beam house foundation at some point since 1937. More recently, the original wood windows have been replaced with vinyl units, and the original exterior window casings, which featured built-up crown moldings, have been replaced with wood casings in a simplified craftsman style. In addition, the Tuscan columns that originally supported the entry porch roof have been replaced with heavy turned posts and the porch railing has been rebuilt. Shingles appear to have replaced the vertical board siding at the porch skirt.

A second detached dwelling unit appears to have been added behind the original structure. The property may have been divided to accommodate this added dwelling unit. The
King County GIS Center Property Report (accessed August 18, 2008) indicates only one building on the subject property; however, notations on the the King County Property Record Card suggest that the property may have been subdivided after 1937 but prior to 1972.

Detail for 1317 29TH AVE / Parcel ID 3644100030 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Vertical - Boards, Wood, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
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 1317 29TH AVE / Parcel ID 3644100030 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 18, 2008

Photo taken May 18, 2008
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