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Summary for 4245 11th AVE / Parcel ID 3959401490 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Modern - Contemporary Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1940
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1940, the building was occupied by Kenneth E. Chriswell from 1943 through ca 1959, and Alta M. Smith by 1961 through 1968. 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 1940, this compact, Ranch style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Eleventh Avenue South on a flat site at street level. This 1200 square foot, single-story house with a full basement features a U-shaped plan, measuring approximately 43’ by 31’, with a 4’ by 6’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. Modest closed eave overhangs with minimal trim define the roofline. Multiple-pane windows provide day lighting. Corner windows highlight the front building corner. A short flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. Curved glass blocks accent the front entrance. A short projecting roof shelters the stoop. A brick chimney services the building. The corner windows and glass block entrance details set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood.

Detail for 4245 11th AVE / Parcel ID 3959401490 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Terra cotta Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Plan:
Structural System: No. of Stories:
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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."

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Photo taken Mar 12, 2004
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