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Summary for 162 14TH AVE / Parcel ID 4226900245 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: First Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1904
This is an example of transitional architecture combining elements of Queen Anne - Free Classic design and emerging Craftsman bungalow design. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by alterations to the siding and to the detailing of the 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
; however, John Schaffer appear to have owned the four structures on this site when the property was surveyed by the Assessor in 1937. The current owner, Tom Knox, acquired the property from Moses & Mira Dinner in 1996.


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, concrete/asbestos clad, wood frame duplex on a post and beam foundation. Although the King County Property Record Card indicates there is no basement, there appears to be at least openings into the space beneath the main floor and adequate headroom to allow that space to be used, if only for storage

The rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits

The tall double hung windows and half glazed doors are characteristic of Queen Anne design, although some of the windows are ganged in a manner that suggests emerging Craftsman sensibilities. The Tuscan columns give the structure a Queen Anne - Free Classic flavor, although the individual units appear to be organized in a shotgun configuration that, together with the inset porch and low slope roof, give the overall structure a bungaloid look.

The two units in this duplex are addressed as 162 and 164 14th Avenue. The structure was built in 1904 and is one of four similar duplexes built on the site at that time. It is the only one of the four that faces directly onto 14th Avenue. (The other buildings on the site are addressed as 1401/1403, 1405/1407, and 1409/1409-1/2 Spruce Street

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.

The original siding appears to have been covered with concrete asbestos shingles. The railings either side of the long entry stairway appear to have been replaced, but the design of the new railing system is similar to that of the railing system that existed in 1937. The original baluster porch rail has been replaced or covered with siding to form a solid railing. The paneled plinths on which the Tuscan columns at the porch originally stood have also been replaced or covered.

Detail for 162 14TH AVE / Parcel ID 4226900245 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos, Wood Foundation(s): Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 162 14TH AVE / Parcel ID 4226900245 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 19, 2008
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