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Summary for 2617 E ALOHA ST E / Parcel ID 5015001200 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne, Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1901
This is an example of transitional architecture combining elements of late Queen Anne cottage design with a few details typically associated with the Craftsman style. The structure exhibits a high degree of design integrity despite some possible alterations at the rear and modification of the basement level cladding and fenestration.

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 history, and a complete record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property; however, this house appears to have been owned by W. S. Fugate when it was surveyed by the Assessor in 1937. Roberta Kotch bought the house from Karl W. and Marian J. Lambert in 1995. Manuel Amunategui and Dana L. Smith purchased the house in 1997; Elizabeth Chambers and Joel Maupin bought it in 2000. The current owners, Jacob C. and Jennifer M. Freeman, acquired the property in 2003.


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

The essentially rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with somewhat shallow overhangs and enclosed soffits. A projecting rectangular plan element, with a pented gable roof, projects eastward from the middle of the east elevation. The front facing hip roof dormer has somewhat deeper overhangs than the main house or the eastward extension. An asymmetrically placed, shed roofed porch projects toward the street from the east half of the north elevation.

The roof form, the enclosed soffits, the slender posts supporting the porch roof, the baluster porch railing, and the cladding pattern are typical of Queen Anne work; however, the relatively low roof pitch, the tendency to gang the double-hung windows together into ribbons, and long rectangular footprint are all suggestive of emerging Craftsman bungalow sensibilities.

Unlike most houses built prior to the end of 1906, this house still has a wood shingle roof.

This house was built in 1901. The King County Property Record Card indicates that the house was remodeled at some point prior to 1937; however, the date and extent of the alterations are not indicated. When visited in 2008, the house had changed very little from its appearance in 1937; in view of this fact, it is interesting to note that the King County Property Record Card suggests that this structure, or another at the site, was moved to an adjacent lot in 1953.

It appears some modifications or additions may have been made at the back (south) end of the structure. New windows have been installed at the basement level. The vertical board siding that once clad the building below first floor level has been replaced with clapboard siding somewhat wider than the drop siding at the body of the house.

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 2617 E ALOHA ST E / Parcel ID 5015001200 / 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, Hip, Shed Roof Material(s): Wood - Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2617 E ALOHA ST E / Parcel ID 5015001200 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 22, 2008

Photo taken May 22, 2008
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