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Summary for 2011 E EATON PL E / Parcel ID 215890-0210 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: 42 Pierson Residence
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Montlake
Built By: Year Built: 1930
This residence, located in the Glenlaken Park plat, is a good and generally intact example of the Tudor Revival style. Built in 1930, it is associated with 1920s-era development in the Montlake area and is a contributing resource to the Montlake NRHP Historic District. This house and the one next door at 2007 Eaton Place E. were designed by architect Frank Fowler and built by Herman Austin, a prolific residential developer in 1920s Seattle (Seattle Times, 7/30/1930, p. 27). The earliest known owners (1938) were Jim W. & Imogene Frazer; he was a manager, Employees Loan Co. Dr. John J. (Margaret)

Callahan were the owners in 1948 and Karl W. & Anne Brussow in 1958.

Montlake is generally described as extending from the Washington Park Arboretum west to Portage Bay/15th Avenue E., and from the Montlake Cut on the north to Interlaken Park. The area is a significant and cohesive collection of residential architecture typical of early 20th century Seattle and is eligible as a NRHP historic district under Criterion C.  Construction occurred primarily between 1910 and 1940, with a variety of Craftsman and  revival styles ranging from modest cottages and builder's houses to high-style architect-designed residences, impressive institutional buildings, and notable parks and natural features.  There are few intrusions of newer buildings.  In the early 1960s, construction of SR 520 and the unfinished R.H. Thomson Expressway bisected Montlake, but the neighborhood retains its basic integrity as a pre-World War II Seattle neighborhood.  

Montlake was incorporated into the City of Seattle in 1891.  Although the first  plats (Union City 1st and 2nd additions) were filed by Harvey Pike in 1869-1871, development did not really begin until plats were filed by John Boyer (Interlaken, 1905) and H. S. Turner (1907). Montlake Park (north of SR 520) was platted in 1909 by the developers James Corner and Calvin and William Hagan.  With the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition came a streetcar line on 24th Avenue E. and an impetus for development. In 1916, the Lake Washington Ship Canal was completed and the Montlake Bridge linked the neighborhood to the university area in 1925. A small commercial district grew along the car line.

The 1903 Olmsted Parks and Boulevards Plan of 1903 surrounded Montlake with parks.  Montlake Boulevard (then call University Boulevard) connected Lake Washington Boulevard to the A-Y-P grounds.  Washington Park, the eastern boundary, was acquired by the City in 1900 and developed as an arboretum in 1936-41. At the southern edge is steep, forested Interlaken Park and boulevard.

By 1915, the neighborhood had developed enough to require a temporary school building; the permanent structure opened in 1924.Soon afterwards came a playfield and shelter house (1933-36) and a library (1944, replaced 2006). Other noteworthy structures include the Seattle Yacht Club (1920), the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Center (1931), the Museum of History and Industry (1952) and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (1962).

Major Bibliographic References:

King County Tax Assessor Records, 1937-2014.  

Becker, Paula.  Seattle Neighborhoods: Montlake--Thumbnail History.  HistoryLink File # 10170, accessed 12/2/2013.

Gould, James W. Montlake History.

Polk directories of Seattle, 1938-1958.

Smith, Eugene. Montlake: An Urban Eden, A History of the Montlake Community in Seattle. La Grande OR: Oak Street Press, 2004.

This 1-1/2 story Tudor house sits above the street on a midblock lot with dense shrubs. It has a cross-gable roof with a prominent front gable at the south end of the façade.  Cladding is buff-colored brick with combed shingles in the gable ends. The entry is near the center of the façade with a gabled hood with decorative carved bargeboards and brackets. The entry has concrete stairs and a wood door with a large leaded glass window. East of the entry is a large picture window. To the west is a group of three diamond-paned leaded casement windows. The front gable end has a small 1/1 window; similar windows are on the side elevations. The east  elevation has an exterior brick chimney. The basement garage is below the west end; it has paneled doors with divided lights.   

Detail for 2011 E EATON PL E / Parcel ID 215890-0210 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Shingle - Combed Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

Photo collection for 2011 E EATON PL E / Parcel ID 215890-0210 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Dec 01, 2014
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