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Summary for 503 30TH AVE / Parcel ID 9552200005 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage, Queen Anne - Stick Neighborhood: Leschi
Built By: Year Built: 1886
This is an early example of Queen Anne design incorporating elements of several Queen Anne era modes of design exhibiting good integrity despite some curious additions and the loss of some detailing.

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.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed September 10, 2008)

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

The open soffits and coordinated corner boards and wood trim banding are suggestive of Queen Anne -- Stick design. The small scale of the structure is more typical of Queen Anne -- Cottage architecture. The house initially featured spindlework detailing which is often associated with Cottage design. The Tuscan columns at the entry porch give the structure a slight Free Classic flavor

This house was built in 1886 according to the King County Property Record Card; however, the King County GIS Center Property Report indicates that the structure was built in 1901 (it should be noted that the computer database from which the latter date is drawn cannot record a construction date earlier than 1900).

There is an unusual non-rectangular 1950s ranch style addition at the far west end of this structure. A hip roofed structure between this element and the main house appears to be a much earlier addition. Some of the windows may have been replaced in kind. Ornate grills have been added to the south facing windows. The roof soffits have been rebuilt. The turned baluster porch railing and the spindlework that originally decorated the soffit of the porch entablature have been lost.

Detail for 503 30TH AVE / Parcel ID 9552200005 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Vertical - Boards, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Brick, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip, 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 Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 503 30TH AVE / Parcel ID 9552200005 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 29, 2008

Photo taken Jul 29, 2008

Photo taken Jul 29, 2008
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