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Summary for 1621 GRAND AVE / Parcel ID 5026900095 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Madrona
Built By: Year Built: 1906
This is a fairly typical example of Craftsman design exhibiting a high degree of design integrity despite alterations at the front (east elevation) and back (west elevation).

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, clapboard and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete and concrete block foundation, over a full 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, open soffits, and exposed rafter tails.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with late Queen Anne and early Craftsman work. The wide barge boards supported by triangular timber knee braces, and the exposed rafter tails are typical Craftsman details.

The structure is situated on a through lot and appears to be accessed from 38th Avenue, which is located on the west side of he structure; however, the house fronts on Grand Avenue to the east.

This house was built in 1906. According to the King County Property Record Card, it was remodeled in 1910; however, the extent of the modifications made at that time are not indicated.

The 38th Avenue elevation (i.e., the west elevation) appears to have been altered. The windows at the west elevation appear to have been modified.
The upper sashes of the three windows banded together in the gable at the east elevation are no longer divided into eight lights as they were in 1937. The stairs serving the inset, full width entry porch at the front (east) elevation, together with the associated stair railings and porch railings, have been replaced and their designs altered. Gable vents have been added at the east elevation, and a decorative plant balcony that once stretched below the banded gable windows there has been removed.

Detail for 1621 GRAND AVE / Parcel ID 5026900095 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Block, 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 Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Unknown
Changes to Plan: Slight
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Photo collection for 1621 GRAND AVE / Parcel ID 5026900095 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 26, 2008
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