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Summary for 2341 15th AVE / Parcel ID 9122000325 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Cottage Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1906
Built in 1906, this building was occupied by 1912 by the F. F. Wilson’s, who added an 11’ by 14’ one story addition in that year. In 1918, they added a garage to the lot. Ca 1925, Robert and Doris Adams moved into the residence from their former home at 2323 15th Avenue South. Mr. Adams worked as a meat cutter at the Arcade Market located at 1915 Westlake Avenue. In 1930, the residence was remodeled. In May of 1938, the Seattle Trust & Savings Bank purchased the residence. By 1954, Peter J. Louie lived in the house. Chun Yuen Gee purchased the residence in October of 1954 for $9400 and lived in the residence through 1958. In February of 1965, Masatoshi Osaka purchased the property for $8500, and in December of the following year, Fon Lam Gan bought the house for $14,175. 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 1906, this modest, Queen Anne-influenced, vernacular style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Fifteenth Avenue South on a flat site at street level. This 908 square foot, single-story house with a full basement features an irregular plan, measuring approximately 22’ by 50’, with an 8’ by 6’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the pyramidal roof. Modest closed eave and gable overhangs with a pedimented front gable end 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. An internal brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 2341 15th AVE / Parcel ID 9122000325 / Inv #

Status: No - Altered
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Brick
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.
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 2341 15th AVE / Parcel ID 9122000325 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 24, 2003

Photo taken Oct 24, 2003

Photo taken Oct 24, 2003

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