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Summary for 809 24TH AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This is a example of Queen Anne architecture with some hints of Craftsman detailing and an early 20th century footprint. The structure exhibits a fair degree of design integrity despite the modification of some windows and window openings.

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 John E. Nordahl and others when the Assessor surveyed the property in 1937. Thomas Smith purchased the property in 1962, and was later bought by Daniel B. Changon (spelling to be verified) in 1967. The current owner, Brian J. Moss, acquired the property from David Shoenbach and Karina Naumer in 1995.


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

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

The street facing gable at the east elevation is clad with shingles and enclosed by a pent, as is the shingle clad gable at the large south facing dormer, giving the structure’s roof the character of a Queen Anne design despite the ganged windows in the gables which suggest Shingle style sensibilities or an acquaintance with emerging 20th century styles. The slight flare at the eaves of the roof, which was echoed at the base of the clapboard cladding in the original design, is a characteristic sometimes associated with the Shingle style or the later Craftsman style, which both occasionally reflected the influence of Asian design.  The cottage type window in the front elevation (now replaced with a large fixed window) is another element commonly associated with the Queen Anne style, though the upper sash was divided in a manner more characteristic of Asian influenced Craftsman work. The built-up, Tuscan style wood pier at the outside corner of the inset porch gives the structure a slight Queen Anne – Free Classic flavor.

This house was built in 1905.

The orientation of the porch entry stairway has been significantly altered, and the present railing has a distinctly contemporary appearance. The cottage window at the main level of the street elevation has been replaced by a fixed picture window. Some openings have been provided with aluminum storm windows. The clapboard cladding at the main floor level of the front elevation was replaced or covered with vertical wood siding in the early 1960s but has since been returned to something approaching its original appearance.

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 809 24TH AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable 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
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 809 24TH AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 22, 2008
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