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Summary for 1742 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660600146 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1906
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1906, this building was occupied by Walter L. and Mathilda J. Frisell by 1938 through 1941, according to Polk directories. The building was sold in 1946 and 1955. By 1949, Hoy, Jack and Shangee H. Eng lived in the building. They remained through 1970. 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 Craftsman-influenced, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirteenth Avenue South on a flat site 6’ above street level. This 992 square foot, two-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 24’ by 52’, with a 6’ by 20’ full facade, two-story front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, concrete/asbestos shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof, porch and front facade dormer. Broad overhanging eaves with exposed brackets define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 double hung windows provide day lighting. Two direct flights of stairs lead up to the front porch. Three substantial Classically-influenced columns support the upper story with four smaller Classically-inspired columns set on plinths supporting the hipped porch roof. A low railing of turned balusters spans the columns on both levels. An interior brick sidewall chimney services the building.

Detail for 1742 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660600146 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
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 1742 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660600146 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 17, 2003

Photo taken Oct 17, 2003

Photo taken Oct 17, 2003
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