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Summary for 1553 N 38th ST N / Parcel ID 4083304205 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1900
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This structure may have been built earlier than 1900, the date of construction indicated in The King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report. The King County Property Record Card prepared in 1937 indicates that the house was erected in 1890. Nyberg and Steinbrueck assign the structure a date of c. 1890. The permit for construction of the original house has not yet been located. As a result, the original owner, designer and builder are not yet known. The property appears to have been owned by the estate of A. G. Wooster when it was surveyed by the Assessor’s office in 1937. Wooster had apparently acquired the property prior to 1925; by that date the resident of the house is listed as Kate D. Wooster,the widow Alfred G. Wooster in Polk’s Seattle Directory. The King County Property Record Card indicates that the structure had already been remodeled once by 1937. In that year, the house was clad with drop siding and fancy shingles. John N. Boge acquired the house in 1957. Boge made some modifications to the electrical system in 1972; these included increasing the electrical service to 200 amps. Boge sold the property to Genevieve C. Vayda in 1992. Although it appears the south end of the house may have been remodeled since that time, the City of Seattle has no record of this work. The structure is described by Nyberg and Steinbrueck as a building significant to the entire City of Seattle. Although the house appears to have been remodeled at least twice, the house is still significant as a surviving structure from the first decade of the Wallingford neighborhood’s development. The east, north and west elevations appear to be fairly intact and are able to convey the significance of the structure despite the modifications to the south end.
This is a 1-1/2 story frame residence built over a full basement on a concrete foundation. The steep gabled roof with enclosed soffits, the hip roofed, wrap-around entry porch with slender wood supporting posts, the tall narrow wood windows, the corner casing boards and the mixed shingle and clapboard siding are all characteristics of the structure associated with late Queen Anne cottage design. The back end (south elevation) of the structure has been remodeled relatively recently and features a small but modern addition to the original building.

Detail for 1553 N 38th ST N / Parcel ID 4083304205 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete, Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 1553 N 38th ST N / Parcel ID 4083304205 / Inv #

Photo taken Jul 22, 2004
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