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Summary for 2400 E VALLEY ST E / Parcel ID 5015001085 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1900
 
Significance
This is an example of transitional architecture combining residual Queen Anne design practices with a touch of Craftsman detailing on a 20th century footprint. The structure’s design integrity has been compromised by wholesale replacement of the original siding and alterations to the entry porch and associated stairway.

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 Alice M. Trindall in 1940. It was purchased by Edward B. Gerling in 1945, and by Gust Argeris in 1947. Caroline W. Sherman bought the house from David G, Gordon and Mari F. Mullen in 1992. It was then acquired by William E. Nothdurft in 2001 and purchased by Nathaniel H, Cook and Danielle M. Houck in 2003. The current owners, Mani Aliabadi and Maggie Boyle, acquired the property in 2005.

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-and-a-half story, concrete/asbestos shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a three-quarter basement. The porch appears to be built on a post and beam foundation.

The essentially rectangular plan is capped by a gable roof with moderate overhangs featuring slightly flared eaves, open soffits, and exposed rafter tails.

The windows are individually placed in the Queen Anne manner rather than ganged together as would be more typical of early 20th century housing styles. The wide cottage type window and the hip roofed bay in which it is placed at the front of the house are features commonly associated with Queen Anne style houses. Other Queen Anne features of the original design include the heavy turned post that once stood at the outside corner of the entry porch, now replaced with slender Tuscan piers that would be comfortable as part of a Queen Anne – Free Classic composition. The bargeboards at the gable ends of the moderately sloped roof, although not particularly wide, are cut in a pattern more commonly associated with Craftsman design than with Queen Anne work. The shaped and exposed rafter tails are a Craftsman style element. The long rectangular footprint is unusual in Queen Anne work and seems to anticipate the less complex plans of early 20th century housing.

This house was built in 1900 according to the King County Property Record Card (1901 according to the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed August 18, 2008).

There appears to be an addition at the north (back) end of the house, though it may have been appended to the structure at an early date.
All of the window casings appear to have been replaced and the window crown moldings have been lost. Baluster type railings have been added at the porch and stairs. The inset entry porch has been modified by removal of the original heavy turned post at its outside corner and the installation of slender built-up Tuscan piers at the top of the porch entry stairs to replace the missing structural element. The original shingle and clapboard cladding has been replaced or covered with concrete/asbestos siding (or a similar modern smooth surfaced material).

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 2400 E VALLEY ST E / Parcel ID 5015001085 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2400 E VALLEY ST E / Parcel ID 5015001085 / Inv # 0


Photo taken May 22, 2008
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