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Summary for 1617 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 7228500690 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1900
This is a fairly typical example of Queen Anne spindlework architecture. The structure exhibits fairly good integrity despite the replacement of several windows and the modification of some of the spindlework.

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 Seattleā€™s Central Area, Eastlake, First Hill, Leschi, Madison Park, Madrona, and North Capitol Hill neighborhoods. The structure is located in a portion of the Central Area sometimes called the East Madison district.

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 19, 2008)

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

This is a two story, clapboard and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a post and pier foundation with no basement. The porch appears to be built on a post and pier foundation. The irregular plan is capped by a cross gable roof with moderate overhangs, and enclosed soffits. A very shallow hip roof covers the partially inset entry porch.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design. The spindlework at the porch is suggestive of Queen Anne cottage architecture. The unequal gable and slightly flared roof slope at the north elevation are suggestive of vernacular design.

This house was built in 1900 according to both the King County Property Record Card and the King County GIS Center Property Report.

The single story extensions at the rear appear to be early additions to the structure. Most of the windows appear to have been replaced in kind. Some of the original "gingerbread" detailing appears to have been altered or replaced (particularly in the peaks of the gables).

Detail for 1617 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 7228500690 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 1617 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 7228500690 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jun 11, 2008
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