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Summary for 1609 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 7228500695 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1900
This is a fairly typical example of Queen Anne cottage architecture. The structure’s design integrity has been compromised by replacement of several windows and some minor cladding changes.

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.

The structure is located in a portion of the Central Area also known as 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 one-and-a-half story, clapboard and 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 pier foundation. The irregular plan is capped by a cross gable roof with moderate overhangs, and enclosed soffits.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with the Queen Anne style. The window over the entry door is particularly typical of the style. The cut-away bays, pented gables, and the mix of cladding materials and siding patterns are also customary features of Queen Anne work. The projecting wall surfaces in the peaks of the gables give a suggestion of the Shingle style. The partial height Tuscan column at the inset entry porch is more typical of Queen Anne - Free Classic design or early twentieth century housing styles.

This house was built in 1900 according to both the King County Property Record Card and the King County GIS Center Property Report. According to the King County Property Record Card, the house was remodeled in 1915; however, the extent of the work undertaken at that time is not indicated.

Extension at the back end of the house appear to be early additions. Most of the original windows appear to have been replaced with vinyl units. The shingle wall siding that originally decorated the pents has been replaced with Asphalt/Composition shingles matching the roof. Metal railings have been added at the entry steps.

Detail for 1609 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 7228500695 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1609 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 7228500695 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jun 11, 2008

Photo taken Jun 11, 2008
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