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Summary for 5826 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 0641000030 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: VanZandt Residence Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1907
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
Based on field work conducted in October 2014, this historic property retains its relationship to the streetscape, historic building form and a sufficient amount of exterior historic building fabric (design features, cladding and/or window sash/openings) to contribute to the distinct character of the University Park neighborhood. This is a particularly well-preserved historic property that appears to possess architectural and/or historic significance.  It is similar in plan and exterior design to V. W. Voorhees Plan Book design No. 66. 

(2002) This handsome Craftsman house retains much of its original character, including the porch piers, the double-hung windows with patterned upper sash. It occupies a desirable site at the end of the block, immediately adjacent to Ravenna Park. It is part of an area developed by the Reverend William W. Beck, which includes larger lots and somewhat older houses than in the University Park and Thompson's additions to the south. In 1889, the Reverend William W. Beck, a Presbyterian minister, and his wife Louise purchased a large tract of land adjacent to the the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway right-of-way, which opened up this area in 1887. The Becks platted most of their land as the town of Ravenna, after the Italian city of that name. In the early 1890s, the Becks, who also founded the nearby Seattle Female College, decided to develop the wooded ravine as a private park called Ravenna Park. The City acquired the park in 1911 through condemnation proceedings. Mrs. Anna Wilson lived in this house from 1918 until the late 1930s. Owners of this property included Anna B. Van Zandt in the 1930s, Robert W. West, who purchased the property in 1961, and Ruth Ann Ferris, who purchased the house in 1971. This is a good example of a Craftsman house in the area immediately south of Ravenna Park.

This property exhibits no substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 2002 HRI project.

(2002) This one-and-one-half story wood-frame house is a good example of the Craftsman style. It has a gabled roof with gabled dormers, decorative braces under the gables, a porch with flared square columns, and a combination of shingles and clapboard siding. It has double-hung windows, with multiple pane glazing in the upper sash. The windows on the front (west) elevation appear original, but there have been some changes to the windows on the south and east elevations. Most windows on the first floor have leaded glass in the upper sash, and upstairs the windows are multi-paned wood. There are new windows on the basement level on the north side facing the park. There is a bay window on the north side at the first floor level. The decorative trusses in the porch gable have been altered, with the removal of the vertical stickwork. In 1971, a detached accessory building (studio) and deck were constructed. A sliding glass door on the east elevation that opens onto the deck is also new. The property is attractively landscaped and takes advantage of its site adjacent to Ravenna Park.

Detail for 5826 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 0641000030 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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.

Photo collection for 5826 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 0641000030 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 18, 2002

Photo taken Oct 01, 2014
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