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Summary for 1020 37TH AVE / Parcel ID 5317100150 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Shingle Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1903
This is a good (and large) example of the Shingle style. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by window alterations and by an addition at the south end.

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; however, the structure appears to have been owned by J. I. Colwell and spouse from about 1928 until at least 1937. H. Oliver West and spouse apparently bought the house in 1945, and Beach Barrett and spouse acquired the property in 1967. Beverly M. and George W. Martin Jr. appear to have purchased the house from Joseph L. and Maureen O. P. Brotherton in 1984. The current owner apparently bought the property from the Martins through an intermediary,  L. D. Peterson, in 2005.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed August 18, 2008)

King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972) Washington State Archives

This is a two-and-a-half story, shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a three-quarter basement. The irregular plan is capped by a series of gambrel roofs with minimal overhangs and enclosed soffits. The gable ends have no overhangs. Two hip roofed dormers and a distinctive gambrel roofed dormer are situated at the west elevation of the north wing. Based on notations in the King County Property Record Card, it appears additional dormers open to the east side of the house.

Small double-hung windows, all apparently original, occur in widely spaced pairs at the upper levels. Their small size accentuates the extent of the shingle siding. The asymmetrical composition of gambrel roofs, the minimal roof overhangs and the largely interrupted expanses of shingle surfaces are all typical features of the Shingle style

This house was built in 1903.

The central and northern wings of this structure appear essentially unchanged from their appearance in 1937. A tall chimney that once stood near the center of the south wing of the house was removed prior to 1962. The south end of the structure appears to have been extended several feet further to the south relatively recently. A new bay window having a distinctively modern appearance is centered in the south end gable. and the main level features a new entry and a room (or extension) apparently designed to take advantage of views to the south and east of the structure. The bay window at the upper level is only one of several new windows that have been added at the south and east elevations. A few existing window openings have been altered and the sashes replaced
at the south end of the house as well. Much of the siding has been replaced in kind.

Detail for 1020 37TH AVE / Parcel ID 5317100150 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gambrel Roof Material(s): Wood - Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
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 1020 37TH AVE / Parcel ID 5317100150 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 26, 2008

Photo taken May 26, 2008
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