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Summary for 2402 24TH AVE / Parcel ID 6788200900 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Murdock Residence Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Montlake
Built By: Year Built: 1920

The earliest known owners of this house were James and Margaret Murdock, of Murdock & Eckman, in 1928. The owners from at least 1938 through 1958 were Nicholas Carlo, a clerk at Desanti Brothers, and his wife, Mary.

 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-one-half story house has a rectangular footprint and a front gable roof with deep eaves, exposed rafter tails and decorative carved ends on the bargeboards. The front gable has stucco and half-timbering. In the center of the gable are three 6/1 wood windows with a typical Craftsman-style pattern of divided lights. All the windows in the house appear to have original wood sash, most with this configuration. The full-width recessed porch has two sets of three battered, wood boxed columns on plinths. The porch has wood stairs and railing. On either side of the door is a pair of 6/1 windows. The main body of the house is clad in wood clapboards of two alternating widths. The north elevation has a large shed roofed wall dormer clad in wood shingle, with a 6/1 window. A small interior brick chimney is on the east side of this dormer. A sliding glass door has been added to the basement level near the center of this elevation. The south elevation has a 6/1 window next to an exterior chimney near the front of the house. Beyond the chimney a side gable dormer extends down to become a projecting bay. The dormer has a pair of 6-light windows and a pair of 6/1 windows is below it, with a single 6-light window next to it.

Detail for 2402 24TH AVE / Parcel ID 6788200900 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard, Plywood Foundation(s): Unknown
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
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Photo collection for 2402 24TH AVE / Parcel ID 6788200900 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 20, 2009
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