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Summary for 1311 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 4226900070 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage, Vernacular Neighborhood: First Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1900
This is a simple, nearly vernacular example of Queen Anne - Cottage design which exhibits a high degree of design integrity despite some alterations to some of the windows and detail elements.

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 Japanese M. E. Church from about 1927 until at least 1937. The property was acqured by U. Nakauye in 1958. The current owner bought this house from Kimiyo Nakauyo in 1982.


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

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

This is a two story, clapboard and drop siding clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. (The King County Property Record card indicates that the house is built on a brick foundation.) The porch appears to be built on a post and beam foundation.

The component of the irregular plan that is visible from the street is capped by a cross-gabled roof with minimal overhangs and enclosed soffits. The entry is centered in the north elevation and protected by a hip roofed porch cover. It is not clear if the building to the rear, which appears to mirror the surveyed structure, is attached; it does not appear on the King County Property Record Card prepared by the Assessor in 1937, which suggests the back side of the side of the structure consisted of a number of irregularly placed porches and extensions.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design, though the tall slender shape of the windows and the small area of glazing compared to the area of the cladding is suggestive of Gothic Revival work.

Although structures (such as this one) situated west of 15th Avenue between Madison Street and Yesler Way are, for the purposes of this survey, described as being located in the First Hill neighborhood, the portion of the city extending east of 12th Avenue between Madison Street and Yesler Way is often viewed as part of the Central Area, with which it shares its low rise character and a rectilinear system of streets oriented to the cardinal points of the compass.

This house was built in 1900.

Some of the original windows have been replaced with aluminum units. Some soffits have been replaced and soffit vents have been added. The slender columns supporting the porch roof appear to have been replaced and the porch railing modified.

Detail for 1311 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 4226900070 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1311 E SPRUCE ST E / Parcel ID 4226900070 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 19, 2008
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