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Historic Name: Gustav Residence Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Montlake
Built By: Year Built: 1924

The earliest known owners of this house were Sam Gustav (Pacific Metal and Salvage Co.) and Beatrice Gustav in 1928. Their ownership continued at least through 1938. The home was owned by Ronald J. Frizzell (Manager, Lake Union Sales Co.) and Priscilla Frizzell in 1948. In 1958, the owners were Murray Finkelstein (Terrace TV and Appliance Co.) and Frances Finkelstein.

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).


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.

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

This one-and-a-half story house has a rectangular footprint under a side gable roof with projecting boxed eaves. The house is clad in coursed wood shingles. The symmetrical façade has a center entry under a projecting front gable supported on a two pair of wooden posts, with one straight post and one diagonal, sitting on brick plinths. The front spandrel is arched, leading into an arched ceiling. The porch has wooden railings and is accessed by a brick walkway and concrete steps with brick kneewalls. The gable end has a small 9-light window and three exposed beams with tapered ends. The entry door is a typical Craftsman style with three vertical panels below 6 small windows, flanked by 6-light full-length sidelights composed of two long narrow panes in the center with two square panes at the top and bottom. On either side of the entry are tripartite windows composed of three double-hung wood windows with a single-light lower sash and a 6-light upper sash. The pattern in the upper sash is a typical Craftsman pattern of a center pane surrounded on the sides and top by smaller rectangular and square panes. Above these windows are two front gable dormers with paired 6/1 windows. An exterior chimney of red brick is located on the east elevation. The west elevation has a projecting bay with a hipped roof and three 9-light casement windows. In the gable end is a pair of 9-light casements and decorative cross-bracing. There is a large shed dormer on the rear roof slope.

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Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle 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 Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

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