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Summary for 719 24TH AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Prairie Style, Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1900
This is a example of transitional architecture combining the characteristic fenestration and wall surface pattern of a single story Queen Anne foursquare  with elements of the emerging Prairie style. The structure exhibits a fairly high degree of design integrity despite the fact that it was apparently remodeled at an early date and may have initially been sided with a different material.

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 William Robertson from about 1935 until at least 1937. The current owners, B. J. Wagner and S. E. Trulson, appear to have acquired the property prior to the 1990s.


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, combed shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits.

The low pitch hip roof, the slight roof flare at the eaves, the horizontal emphasis in the design generated by the simple frieze wrapping the house just below the continuous roof overhang and by the deep shadow lines at the butt ends of the sidewall shingles, the two small windows flanking the chimney at the north elevation, the built up pier and solid porch rail at the inset corner porch, and the stepped concrete side wall at the entry stairway, are all design elements sometimes associated with the Prairie style. However, the numerous cottage type windows, themselves a characteristic element of Queen Anne design, and the simple double-hung windows at the side elevations, are singly placed in a manner typical of Queen Anne work, a practice most notable at the shallow window bays, which are also a common feature of Queen Anne style houses. The use of a half glazed entry door is also a typical Queen Anne practice.

This house was built in 1900. According to the King County Property Record Card, the house was remodeled in 1922; however, the extent of the remodeling work is not indicated.

The concrete entry stairway appears slightly out of place in the composition of the house and may be a result of the remodeling work completed in 1922. A window at the base of the street elevation does not appear to be original, suggesting that the basement of the structure may have been remodeled. Although they are not likely to be an original feature of the design, the combed shingles (striated shakes) which side the house today were already in place when the house was photographed for the Assessor in 1937.

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 719 24TH AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Combed, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
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: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 719 24TH AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 24, 2008
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