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Summary for 3543 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 4003000090 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Free Classic, Queen Anne - Stick Neighborhood: Leschi
Built By: Year Built: 1895
This is a interesting example of Queen Anne architecture. The structure retains its basic shape, appearance and organization; however, the structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by alterations.

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.


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, drop siding clad, wood frame single-family residence concrete foundation, over a three-quarter basement. The porch appears to be built on a post and beam foundation.

The essentially rectangular plan is capped by a gable roof with moderate overhangs enclosed but sloping soffits. The plan is made irregular by the warp around porch and modified garage at the basement level.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design. The steep roof slopes and the wrap around porch are also typical elements of Queen Anne work. The classical piers at the front porch and the classical railing at the porch, balcony and entry stairs are indicative of free classic design. The sloped soffits and vertical trim at the corners of the house (and at the various projecting elements) are suggestive of the Stick style.

This house was built in 1895, and rooms were added in 1919, according to the King County Property Record Card.

The house was re-sided with combed shingles about 1950; however, the cladding has been returned to something approximating its original appearance. The balcony, porch and stair railings have been rebuilt in a style very close to the original, but with additional elements. The hip roofed bay at the upper level gable was modified in the the 1950s also; however, it also has been rebuilt in a manner resembling the original design. The front stairs have been significantly altered and rebuilt, as have the garage and basement level of the structure. New windows appear to have been installed at a few added openings.

Detail for 3543 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 4003000090 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 3543 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 4003000090 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 19, 2008
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