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Summary for 2605 E HELEN ST E / Parcel ID 5015000500 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage, Ranch - Minimal Traditional, Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1900
This is a somewhat unusual Minimal Traditional renovation of a small turn of the century vernacular design  originally characterized by limited Queen Anne detailing. The remodeled form of the structure is of as much historical interest as the original building. The renovated structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by more recent 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; however, the structure was owned by the Federal Savings and Loan Association in the late 1930s. Carl A Swenson bought the property in 1941. The current owner, Belinda B. Going, acquired the property in 1994.


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 and particle board clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete block and post and beam foundation. There is no basement.

The rectangular plan is capped by a  hip roof with relatively shallow overhangs and enclosed soffits.

The windows and doors were originally characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with
Queen Anne cottage design. However, the character of the house has been altered and it now appears to be a bungalow in minimal tradition ranch garb with a slight Modern flavor.

This house was built in 1900. The structure appears to have been significantly altered at some point after 1937. The details of the building as it presently exists suggest that this remodel was completed in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

At some point after 1937, the original inset front porch at the northwest corner of the structure was completely enclosed, the entry door opening was moved to the center of the new north elevation, and two large wood frame windows were installed. About the same time, the northeast corner of the structure was altered with the installation of a large divided wood corner window that stretches nearly from floor to ceiling. The horizontal bias of the muntin patterns in the new wood windows suggests that the windows date from the 1940s.

A new front porch and stairway of more recent vintage have been added. In addition, at least one of the remaining original window unit was replaced with an aluminum unit. The cladding has been patched and a particle board skirt has replaced the structure's original vertical board siding skirt.

This house is situated in the portion of the Central Area that extends north of Madison between 23rd Avenue East and Washington Park Arboretum (as the boundaries of the neighborhood are delineated by Folke Nyberg and Victor Steinbrueck in "Central Area, An Inventory of Buildings and Urban Design Resources," Seattle: Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority, 1975). However, this part of the Central Area is also sometimes called East Capitol Hill, Miller Park, or Madison-Miller.

Detail for 2605 E HELEN ST E / Parcel ID 5015000500 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Other, Wood, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Block, Post & Pier
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 Plan: Extensive
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2605 E HELEN ST E / Parcel ID 5015000500 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 22, 2008

Photo taken May 22, 2008
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