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Summary for 2419 E VALLEY ST E / Parcel ID 5015001490 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1904
 
Significance
This is a example of Queen Anne design used with an early 20th century plan type and flavored with some limited Craftsman style detailing, The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by the wholesale replacement (or covering) of the original cladding, modification of the window and door casings, and some alterations at 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 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 Alex Farguhar in 1937.  Aaron Love bought the house in 1956. John L. Phillips purchased the property in 1965. Robert H. Holzer became joint owner with Judith Q. Ames in 1999.

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 two story, concrete/asbestos siding and combed shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete block foundation, with no basement..

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

The simple shape of the structure, the exposed rafter tails, the decorative truss in the front gable, and the ganged windows at the upper level of the street façade are all typical Craftsman style features; however, the detailing at the door and window openings, the half glazed entry door, the relatively steep roof and the relatively narrow bargeboards are all elements associated with Queen Anne work. The hip roofed bay at the west half of the north elevation, which features a cottage type window with a “double house” muntin pattern in the smaller upper sash, and two, flanking double-hung units, is another typical Queen Anne design component. The extensive use of shingles to form large, uninterrupted, textured wall surfaces at the upper level of the original composition gave the structure a slight Shingle style flavor, while the turned post at the entry porch (now replaced by a simpler structural element) added a touch of Queen Anne – Spindlework design.

This house was built in 1904. According to the King County Property Record Card, the house was remodeled in 1909; however, the extent of the work completed at that time is not indicated.

Some early modifications may have occurred at the back (south) end of the structure. A fixed window assembled from cut glass that originally opened to the street between the front bay and the entry porch has been removed and the opening filled and sided.
The window and door casings have been reduced in width and significantly altered. The original cladding (wood shingle at the upper level and clapboard siding at the entry level was replaced or covered with concrete/asbestos siding by 1960 except at the inset entry porch, where combed shingles (striated shakes) were used instead to replace or cover the original cladding. A simple wood post has replaced the turned wood structural element that originally stood at the outside corner of the front porch. The porch railing has been altered and extended.

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 2419 E VALLEY ST E / Parcel ID 5015001490 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 2419 E VALLEY ST E / Parcel ID 5015001490 / Inv # 0


Photo taken May 22, 2008
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