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Summary for 1639 21ST AVE / Parcel ID 7228501850 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne, Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This is an example of various modes of Queen Anne design applied to an essentially vernacular form that also appears to anticipate bungalow typology. This house exhibits a high degree of integrity, although the south facing dormer may be a rooftop addition to the original structure.

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

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with the Queen Anne style. The inwardly curving walls either side of the recessed window in the shingle clad, clipped gable at the front of the house are suggestive of the Shingle style. The Tuscan column at the entry porch and the continuous frieze are more typical of Queen Anne -- Free Classic design.

This house was built in 1905 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 prior to 1937; however, the extent of the work undertaken and the date of the work is not indicated.

The south facing dormer may be a later addition. Some of the decorative window sashes have been replaced with simpler wood components, and the front door appears to have been replaced. The porch entry steps have been rebuilt. When surveyed, the structure appeared to be in need of maintenance.

Detail for 1639 21ST AVE / Parcel ID 7228501850 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable - Clipped 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 Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1639 21ST AVE / Parcel ID 7228501850 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jun 14, 2008

Photo taken Jun 14, 2008
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