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Summary for 1916 E BLAINE ST E / Parcel ID 8722100680 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: 36 Engel residence
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Montlake
Built By: Year Built: 1926
This residence has been altered with a large second-story addition, new entry, and dormer on the main facade, and it is not a contributing resource to the Montlake Historic District. In 1928,  the owners of this house were George V. Thomas, a salesman at Huteson &McGowan, and his wife,  Harriet. The home was owned by Richard D. Ward, a special Agent at the Loyalty Group, and his wife, Rachel in 1938. Saul Ferner (F & O Fine Foods), and his wife, Frances owned the house in 1948. In 1958, Paul L. Weiner, a salesman at  Phillips-VanHeusen Corporation, and his wife, Donna were the home owners.

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).

Major Bibliographic References:

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.

Polk Directory of Seattle, 1938-1958.

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

This 1-1/2 story clapboard-clad Tudor sits on a flat lot with lawn, foundation plantings, large shrubs and a large mature sequoia in the southwest corner. The house has an “L” plan with the crossing gable projecting from the north end of the façade; the main front gable, front gabled dormer and wall dormers on the south elevation are clad in stucco with false timbering and have pointed bargeboards. The new gabled entry vestibule projecting from the front gable has wood balustrade and stair and shallow arch entry and window openings with a Tudor style batten door. Windows are leaded wood sash, including varied configurations of grouped and paired casements, fixed and hung sash. The garage is below the north end. 

Detail for 1916 E BLAINE ST E / Parcel ID 8722100680 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Extensive
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

Photo collection for 1916 E BLAINE ST E / Parcel ID 8722100680 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Dec 31, 2014

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Dec 31, 2014
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