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Summary for 2456 24TH AVE / Parcel ID 6788200185 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Mitten Residence Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Montlake
Built By: Year Built: 1922

The earliest known owner was a baker, George H. Mitten, and his wife, Laura, in 1928. Harry W. Beveridge, a janitor, and his wife, Julia owned it in 1938. Owners in 1948 were Richard H. and Eleanor Boyce and, in 1948, Jimmy L. New, a Boeing employee, and his wife, Merna.


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 residence has a rectangular footprint under a side gable roof with deep eaves, exposed rafter tails on the sides and knee braces in the gable ends. There is a red brick, exterior chimney on the north elevation. Cladding is asbestos shingle. The façade features a half-width front porch on the south with a projecting front gable roof with a metal railing and replacement metal supports sitting on stacked stone plinths. The porch is clad in stacked stone and has concrete steps with a metal railing. Windows have newer vinyl sash with false muntins in original wide wood surrounds. On the porch is the entry door and a tripartite window composed of an 8/1 center window flanked by two narrow 4/1 windows. The gable end has 6-light sash. North of the entry is another similar tripartite window. Above this window is a large gable front dormer with a tripartite window composed of a 6/1 center window flanked by two narrow 4/1 windows. There is a shed dormer on the rear roof slope. The property has a concrete retaining wall along the front; a low wood fence with a trellis in the center sits on top of the retaining wall.

Detail for 2456 24TH AVE / Parcel ID 6788200185 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos 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
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2456 24TH AVE / Parcel ID 6788200185 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 20, 2009
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