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Summary for 1121 GRAND AVE / Parcel ID 5350200385 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Prairie Neighborhood: Madrona
Built By: Year Built: 1905
 
Significance
This is an example of American Foursquare architecture incorporating Prairie style detailing with residual Queen Anne elements. The structure’s design integrity has been compromised by alterations to the cladding system and the removal of several decorative trim elements.

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 owned by H. J. Mignery from about 1917 until at least 1937.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

King County GIS Center Property Report (http://www5.kingcounty.gov/kcgisreports/property_report.aspx; accessed August 18, 2008)

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


 
Appearance
This is a two story, combed shingle and wood drop siding clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement.

The essentially rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with numerous hip roof dormers, all with extensive overhangs and enclosed soffits. The entry porch appears to have a flat roof.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with early twentieth century architectural styles,although there are numerous residual elements of late Queen Anne work, including the cottage type windows in the front facing bay and the glazed entry door. The extensive hip roofs, the heavy piers supporting the porch roof, and the ganged windows are suggestive of Prairie style design.

This house was built in 1905. Some neighbors believe the house was built by Francis Mignery and was the first house built in the neighborhood. The structure at 1119 Grand, and the land on which is situated, may have originally been located on a part of the property associated with 1121 Grand, but this smaller building is now taxed as part of a separate property.

The combed shingle siding appears to have replaced asphalt shingle siding which itself appears to have replaced stucco siding at the upper level in the early 1960s. Extensive bracketing that once accentuated the sills of some upper level windows, and horizontal trim elements connecting the bases of the windows, have been removed (this probably occurred when the stucco was covered). The eaves of the porch roof at the south elevation appear to have been reduced in width and the modillions that once decorated the soffits appear to have been removed. A low solid rail that once surmounted the south porch roof is no longer extant.

Detail for 1121 GRAND AVE / Parcel ID 5350200385 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Combed, Wood, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves, Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1121 GRAND AVE / Parcel ID 5350200385 / Inv # 0


Photo taken May 27, 2008

Photo taken May 27, 2008
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