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Summary for 3417 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 4003000285 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Leschi
Built By: Year Built: 1890
 
Significance
This is a significantly altered example of Queen Anne cottage architecture. However, the structure appears to retain much of its historic character despite the numerous modifications.

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.

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

The rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with cross gables with minimal overhangs and enclosed soffits.

The windows and doors are primarily characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design, although several of the windows appear to be of more recent vintage. The hip roof with cross gables is a signature feature of the Queen Anne style. The relatively new porch cover adds a modernized Craftsman style element to the composition.

This structure was built as a single family residence in 1890, according to the King County Property Record Card. The house appears to have been remodeled in 1953 (Permit #423732 per Property Record Card), and then remodeled again when it was converted to a duplex between 1961 and 1963. The structure has since been returned to single-family use.

A photograph attached to the King County Property Record Card suggests that the structure was raised and placed on a new foundation to provided a new expanded basement between 1953 and 1955. A new, craftsman style entry porch and cover has been added much more recently. Some of the windows appear to be original; others appear to have been installed in the 1940s or 1950s; a few appear to be new.
The original siding (type unknown) was replaced with combed shingles prior to 1955.

Detail for 3417 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 4003000285 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete, Shingle - Combed, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Block, 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: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 3417 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 4003000285 / Inv # 0


Photo taken May 19, 2008

Photo taken May 19, 2008
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