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Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Spanish - Eclectic Neighborhood: Montlake
Built By: Year Built: 1926

The earliest known owner of this house was Jerome Jacobs, a physician, in 1938.The home was owned by Robert N. Jacobs( Men's Furnishings, Harry's Bohemian Cafe, Stadium Sports Center) from 1948 through 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).


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, L-shaped house sits on a corner lot with lawn and foundation shrubs. It has a multi-level clay tile roof, an asymmetrical façade, and brick cladding painted to resemble stucco. The main two-story body of the house has a front gable roof with shallow eaves and exposed rafter tails. A side gable roof covers the one-story east wing, and a second side gable steps down to cover the east section of the garage. The first floor is clad in a brick veneer that has been painted white; cladding on the second floor is vertical board and batten. The entry is at the apex of the ell, shielded by a shed roof over a brick wall with a diagonal east side. A decorative iron sconce sits above the entry. Adjacent to the entry, facing east, is a decorative vent pattern set into the brick. The first floor has a large 9-light fixed window. Above this, the second floor cantilevers out, marked by a horizontal beam and a row of decoratively shaped beam ends. These beam ends also appear on the east and west sides of the front section. The second floor front façade has a pair of three-light casement windows flanked by wood plank shutters with diamond cut-outs. On the east elevation of the second floor, above the brick vent, is a round window. Another round window, with an iron grill, is on the second floor above the entry. An exterior, painted brick chimney is located between these two round windows. Another pair of 3-light casement windows is centered on the front elevation of the east wing. Most side elevation windows are also pairs of 3-light casements. A below-grade garage is accessed from 24th Avenue E. and has a paneled roll-up garage door with 6 windows.

Detail for this site is under review and the displayed data may not be fully up to date. If you need additional info, please call (206) 684-0464

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Vertical - Board and Batten Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
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 Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References

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Photo taken May 12, 2009

Photo taken May 12, 2009
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