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Summary for 5717 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 8615800180 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1909
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 was built in 1909 and according to the 1910 US Census report, Anderson L. McClinton, a travelling tobacco salesman, and his wife, Florence, owned the home. 

(2002) This is an intact example of a typical American Foursquare house found in the area north of the University of Washington campus. This house is similar to designs found in the pattern books, Western Home Builder, 6th edition, by V.W. Voorhees and Fred Fehren. The American Foursquare is one of several common residential styles found in the University District, particularly in the University Park and Thompson's University addition area. The house exhibits many key features of the American Foursquare: the four room plan, the hipped roof with a central hipped-roof dormer, and upstairs corner window bays. The full width-porch on square posts found here is one variation. The upstairs central balcony is found on other examples. William H. Gorham, a prominent Seattle attorney, and his wife Elizabeth lived in the house from 1917 until 1938 (William) and 1958 (Elizabeth). Later owners included Gerald William Rolf (1959-1972) and Gordon Lagerquist, starting in 1972.

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

(2002) This house is a typical example of an American Foursquare house in the University Park neighborhood. It is a two-story house with a hipped roof with a central hipped-roof dormer, and corner window bays at the second-story bedrooms. It has a full-width porch on square posts and an upstairs central balcony. The windows are double-hung wood windows with multiple paned upper sash. The entry has sidelights on both sides of the front door. The house is clad in clapboard and has an exterior chimney on the south elevation. There is a small enclosed porch area in the rear that is probably not original.

Detail for 5717 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 8615800180 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 5717 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 8615800180 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 22, 2002

Photo taken Oct 01, 2014
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