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Summary for 1622 39TH AVE / Parcel ID 5026900140 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Shingle Neighborhood: Madrona
Built By: Year Built: 1906
This is an example of Shingle style architecture incorporating a few elements of Craftsman work, particularly at the windows. The structure exhibits a high degree of design integrity despite some minor alterations at the front porch and modification of details at the roof.

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.


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, shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full 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 at the eaves and almost no roof overhang at the projecting gable ends. The soffits are enclosed but the enclosing surfaces appear to follow the slope of the rafters. A hip roof with moderate overhangs protects the large dormer centered on the roof at the west (street) elevation.

The extensive shingle siding and projecting gables are defining features of the Shingle style. The massive Doric columns, built-up from wood components and supporting the roof of the projecting porch, are also Shingle style elements The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with both late Queen Anne and early Craftsman style architecture. The banding together of the windows is typical of both Shingle style and Craftsman style design; however, the muntin patterns in the upper sashes of the windows give the structure a distinct Craftsman flavor.

This house was built in 1906. The King County Property Record Card indicates that the structure was remodeled in 1923; however, the extent of the modifications made at that time are not recorded.

The apparent transparency of the house suggests that that back (east) side of the structure has been "opened up" to take advantage of the view.
The front steps and their associated railings have been replaced. A chimney that once stood at the north end of the structure appears to have been removed. The south end chimney has been altered. A simple open railing has replaced the more complex railing that stood between the shingle clad piers at the north and south ends of the dormer balcony in 1937. Modillions occurred in three widely spaced groups of three at the dormer soffit when the house was photographed for the Assessor in 1937; however, the modillions have since been removed and the soffits may have been altered as well.

Detail for 1622 39TH AVE / Parcel ID 5026900140 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, 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
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1622 39TH AVE / Parcel ID 5026900140 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 26, 2008

Photo taken May 26, 2008
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