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Summary for 5034 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 8823901080 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Pierce, Burton B. and Charlena, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1914
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
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.

(2002) This Arts and Crafts house was built in 1914. The architect and builder are unknown. The original owner is also unknown. Burton B. and Charlena W. Pierce purchased it in 1918. The Pierce family owned and occupied the house from 1918 until approximately 1958. Burton B. Pierce was born in Claremont, New Hampshire in 1869. Pierce was a structural engineer who both built and operated cement mills across the United States. He was the structural engineer for the mill at Grotto, Washington, and was later the superintendent of the Roche Harbor Lime and Cement Company on San Juan Island. Pierce was a trustee, deacon and member of the choir of the University Baptist Church. Pierce died in 1958 and his wife, Charlena Pierce, died in 1954, they had been married for sixty years. The house was then purchased and used as a parsonage by the University Lutheran Church, located on the NE corner of 16th Ave NE and NE 50th Street.



This property exhibits no substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 2002 HRI project. 

(2002)This one and a half story Craftsman/Arts and Crafts house is clad in brick on the first story and stucco on the half story. The house has a modified saltbox or cat slide roof with the extended roof sloping over the front porch that runs the entire width of the front elevation. The main entrance is on the north end of the front elevation and is flanked by narrow multi-paned windows; the porch roof extends into a gable directly above the front door. To the right of the front door is a three-part double hung window with multi-paned sashes. On the half story of the front elevation is a twin-gabled dormer that forms a small balcony with recessed two-part multi-paned casement windows. Both the gabled porch roof and gabled dormers have king posts, tie beams, collar beams, and wall plates with decorative cutouts indicative of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Detail for 5034 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 8823901080 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
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.

Photo collection for 5034 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 8823901080 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 09, 2002

Photo taken Oct 01, 2014

Photo taken Oct 01, 2014
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