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Summary for 2312 13th AVE / Parcel ID 5393600420 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1911
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1911, this residence was constructed by local contractor, Henry T. Gammell. Andrew Jochinsen, giving his address as the Eagles Hall, owned the building. Mr. Jochinsen was the janitor for the Eagles Hall. In June of 1929, W. B. Reed purchased the building. Harry G. and Lorraine G. Ruehlen moved into the building around 1937. Mr. Ruehlen worked as a clerk with Northwestern Mutual Fire Association. Mrs. Ruehlen managed the Baker Apartments at 4018 12th Avenue South. By 1943, Byron D. Akers lived in the house. Frederick B. and Gladys N. Duncan moved into the building by 1954, followed by Gerald I. Jensen in 1958. Beacon Hill is a long north-south tending ridge located southeast of downtown Seattle and stands 350 feet at its highest point. The hill’s steep topography deterred substantial Euro-American settlement through the early 1880s. Then, development of the area was stimulated by the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1890s, its proximity to Seattle’s main industrial area to the west, and the regrading of the hill’s north end in the early 1900s. Originally acquired by the City in 1898, Jefferson Park was integrated into Seattle’s Olmsted system of parks, and the Olmsted Brothers prepared a plan for the park in 1912. The first public golf course west of the Mississippi opened at Jefferson Park in 1915. Jefferson Park has exerted a profound positive influence on the development of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Because of its proximity to the International District, Japanese and Chinese families moved to Beacon Hill starting in the 1920s. World War I and II stimulated a surge in housing development associated with wartime industry. The construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s and Interstate 90 in the 1980s sliced through the neighborhoods and contributed to Beacon Hill’s relative isolation. Today, Beacon Hill is an ethnically diverse working class community, which has a mixed Asian, Chicano, African American, and Caucasian population.
Built in 1911, this Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirteenth Avenue South on a sloping site 10’ above street level. This 1040 square foot, single-story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 26’ by 40’, with a 19’ by 8’ front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard- and shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gable roof. Broad eave and gable overhangs with exposed rafters, purlins, braces and prominent bargeboards define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. Wood posts carry a shed roof that shelters the open stoop. An internal brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 2312 13th AVE / Parcel ID 5393600420 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
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.
City of Seattle. Survey of City-Owned Historic Resources. Prepared by Cathy Wickwire, Seattle, 2001. Forms for Ravenna Park structures.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Beacon Hill Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 2312 13th AVE / Parcel ID 5393600420 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 17, 2003

Photo taken Oct 17, 2003

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