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Historic Name: Red Cedar Lumber Manuf. Model Home Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Elizabethan Neighborhood: Montlake
Built By: Year Built: 1926
This house is located in Block 2 Lot 18 of the Montlake Park Addition.
This "English Elizabethan Tudor" house was built as a promotion for the use of western red cedar as a building material by Red Cedar Lumber Manufacturers Association. The architect was Samuel Anderson. The earliest known owners, in 1928, were Leslie B. & Sadie Garrett of L. B. Garrett Co. It was owned by Earl (Totem Pole Loans) & Sarah Robbins in the 1940s and 1950s.

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 two story, single family dwelling has an L-shaped plan under a very steep hipped roof with a projecting front gable over the east end of the house. The roof is wood shingle and has decorative verge boards and stuccoed half-timbering in the gable ends. The exterior of the house is wood clapboard on the first floor. The entry is in the façade of the front gable projecting section. A metal pointed arch overhang marks the entry, hung on metal awning supports with a pointed finial on top. This shields the ornate Tudor style door. To the east of the door, a standing seam metal roof covers a rectangular bay window. Above this centered in the second floor is a three-sided bay window of leaded glass casements. The house features leaded casement windows, many of which are diamond-paned, and many with colored glass insets and cartouches. There is a small, one story, hipped roof projection at the apex of the "L" with a long narrow colored glass window. Above this on the second floor is a gabled dormer with a pointed arch window of colored glass. The façade of the hipped roof section of the house has a bay window with three 15-light casements. Above this is a shed-roofed wall dormer with three diamond-paned casements, with half-timbering that incorporates a row of quatrefoils beneath it. An exterior chimney is located on the east elevation, with stucco on the main part of the chimney, and decorative corbeled brick on the upper stem. There are two shed dormers on west slope of the roof, and one large hipped dormer on the east elevation. A double car garage designed in the same style as the house is located on the west side of the property. The property is surrounded by a split face block wall with brick trim with an iron gate and iron pickets at the entry.

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Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip Roof Material(s): Wood - Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References

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