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Summary for 1803 NE 52ND ST NE / Parcel ID 8823901395 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Revelle, Thomas, House Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Jacobethan Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1923
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This is a relatively early example of design by J. Lister Holmes after he established his own office in 1922. The house was designed for Thomas Revelle, a one-time Seattle City Councilmember. This house is a relatively unusual design for the University Park neighborhood, with its combination of Tudor Revival and French Norman cottage styles. It is slightly newer than many houses in the area, which generally date from 1910-1920. The house retains most of its original features. J. Lister Holmes (1891-1986) executed a variety of houses in a range of architectural idioms, including English Tudor, Spanish Colonial, Norman Provincial and 18th century French. This house reflects a combination of Tudor Revival and some elements of French Norman cottage style. Among Holmes designs are the Harry Lawton house in Seattle, W.W. Fisher, Jr. house in Broadmoor, and Collinswood, now the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. He also designed several Greek Row buildings in the University District, including Sigma Chi Fraternity, and he collaborated with Philadelphia architects Mellor & Meigs on the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Thomas P. Revelle was a Seattle attorney and partner with his brothers in the law firm of Revelle, Revelle & Revelle. Mr Revelle was a member of the Seattle City Council from 1906 until 1907. He was involved in organizing the progressive party in Washington State. A.E. Simon purchased the house in 1929. This French Norman and Tudor Revival style design has an elegance and simplicity, despite its irregular plan and varied rooflines, not found on some other Tudor Revival style houses in the University District. It is a relatively unique design within the University Park neighborhood.

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 one-and-one-half story residence is entirely clad in stucco and includes multi-paned leaded glass windows typically found on Tudor Revival style residences. The irregular plan and the cross-gable roof contribute to the whimsical feeling of this design. There is a double gable roof on the south elevation. The prominent elaborated chimney has a typical Tudor form as well, with the separate chimney pots for each flue. There is some half-timbering on the gable end on the east elevation. Most windows are multi-paned leaded glass casements. There is a simple arched pediment over the entry and a small wrought iron balcony on the large window in the central gable end on the west elevation. There are gable dormers and shed dormers on the west and north elevations. The curved roofline, with the eaves flared upward at the roof-wall junction, is reminiscent of French Norman style buildings. There is a solarium addition to the rear of the house that includes an upstairs deck. This is the only major change to the building.

Detail for 1803 NE 52ND ST NE / Parcel ID 8823901395 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Slight
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.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
Bagley, Clarence B. History of Seattle. Chicago: S.J. Clarke, 1916.

Photo collection for 1803 NE 52ND ST NE / Parcel ID 8823901395 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 01, 2014

Photo taken Oct 01, 2014
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