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Summary for 4020 13th AVE / Parcel ID 5680000715 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1908
Built in 1908, the building was owned by J. Willin by 1921. Mr. Willin added a garage in May of 1921. By 1929, C. A. Props. Owned the building. From ca 1930 through 1970, Arthur A. and Anna Weston lived in the building. Mr. Weston worked as a carpenter. The couple previously resided at 1118 37th Avenue North. 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. Property also surveyed by G. Lange in 2002.
Built in 1908, this compact, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a corner lot at the intersection of South Dakota Street and Thirteenth Avenue South. The building is oriented to Thirteenth Avenue South on a flat site 2’ above street level. This 1232 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a half basement features a rectangular plan, measuring 44’ by 28’, with a 4’ by 7’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof and hipped roof front dormer. Broad overhanging eaves with a well-defined fascia define the roofline. Wood 1:1 double hung windows and a prominent front polygonal oriel window provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front entrance. A pedimented roof shelters the open stoop. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 4020 13th AVE / Parcel ID 5680000715 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: 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.
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 4020 13th AVE / Parcel ID 5680000715 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 20, 2003

Photo taken Oct 20, 2003

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Photo taken Apr 24, 2002
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