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Summary for 811 W Etruria ST W / Parcel ID 701520-0980 / Inv #

Historic Name: Gaffikin, James P., House Common Name:
Style: Spanish - Mediterranean Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1929
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This Mediterranean Revival house was built in 1929 by Beck & Rasmussen. It may have been designed by Emil Beck, who is listed as the contact on the building permit, or it may have been based on a pattern book design. Beck & Rasmussen built a number of houses in the Queen Anne Park vicinity. The first identified owners were Jack and Madeline Anderson, who purchased the house in 1937. Later owners were Bernard McDonald, an office manager at Comptroller Universal, and his wife Rosemary, who moved here in 1956. James Gaffikin, a Boeing chemist, purchased the house in 1961 and still owns it today. Queen Anne Park, bounded roughly by W. Bertona, W. Barrett, Seventh Avenue W. and Eleventh Avenue W., was developed in 1926 by the Fred W. Keen Company, with the intention of creating an exclusive gated community. A key feature of the subdivision was its curving streets, laid out by Morford & Mowrey, Civil Engineers, to reduce the steep grades and “lend beauty to the homesites.” Each site had a view, with some houses being built on speculation and others for owners. Construction and sales were done by the J. L. Grandey Company. The company took great pride in the fact that concrete streets, sidewalks and utility installation were all completed before home construction began. Plans were made for 230 homes; however, the stock market crash of 1929 occurred before they were all built, so development occurred more slowly than planned. The result is that the numerous Revival styles from the 1920s-30s are mixed with buildings from the 1950s-60s. It was the first housing addition on Queen Anne to deviate from the standard rectilinear street grid, instead applying a curvilinear layout that responded to the contours of the terrain. The same notions of site design were used in the Maple View Park Addition, and Hill’s Queen Anne Park, which followed in 1927 and 1929.
This house features many Mediterranean Revival characteristics, including white-painted brick cladding, a red clay tile roof and arched windows. The plan is rectangular, but the massing is irregular, with a one-story gabled section set over the garage in front, and a two-story hip roof section rising at the rear. The lot, landscaped with shrubs, is steep, and a stairway curves from the front sidewalk to the side entry at the front (northeast) corner of the house. The arched entry goes into a gabled pavilion with two large arched windows. The main first floor section is also gabled, with a large three-part window and an arched vent in the gable end. The second floor is set back, allowing for a deck in the middle of the house. Three pairs of French doors open onto the deck. Casement windows are used throughout, with leaded glass.

Detail for 811 W Etruria ST W / Parcel ID 701520-0980 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
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: 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.
Reinartz, Kay F. Queen Anne: Community on the Hill. Seattle: Queen Anne Historical Society, 1993.

Photo collection for 811 W Etruria ST W / Parcel ID 701520-0980 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 15, 2004
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