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Summary for 3900 E PINE ST E / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Madrona
Built By: Year Built: 1906
This is a an interesting example of Craftsman style architecture with some residual elements of Queen Anne work at roof level. The structure’s design integrity has been slightly compromised by deck alterations and additions, and by changes to some window and door 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 permit history, and a complete record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property. The house appears to have been owned by John Lamb or Howard A. Lamb from about 1931 until approximately 1945, when it was acquired by J, S, Harlan. Stella Buder Paterson bought the house from Charles F. Raymond in 1993. The current owners purchased the property in 1999.


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, drop siding and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The L-shape plan is capped by a hip roof with cross gables having moderate overhangs, open soffits, and exposed rafter tails. The gables are enclosed by relatively deep pents.

The structure is located at the northeast corner of a right angle intersection formed by two wooden pedestrian bridges that span the ravine just east of Madrona Drive. The bridges are publicly accessible and are situated in the rights-of-way of E. Pine Street and 39th Avenue E. The house can be accessed from the north end of the bridge on 39th Avenue E.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Craftsman design. The exposed rafter tails are also indicative of Craftsman work, although the hip roof with cross gables, and the gable enclosing pents, are more often associated with the Queen Anne style.

This house was built in 1906 according to the
King County GIS Center Property Report (accessed August 18, 2008); however, the King County Property Recored Card indicates that the structure was built in 1911.

The railing at the south facing porch has been altered and a stairway that once provided access from grade to the west end of the porch appears to have been removed. A deck with canted open rails to the east of the south facing porch is not original; it was probably added in the 1950s or 1960s. A new deck appears to have been added (or the original deck has been altered) just outside the enclosed porch projecting from the northwest corner of the house. Some of the windows and doors appear to be new, though perhaps installed in existing openings.

Detail for 3900 E PINE ST E / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 3900 E PINE ST E / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 25, 2008

Photo taken May 25, 2008
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