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Summary for 1212 E Harrison ST E / Parcel ID 6851799261 / Inv #

Historic Name: Evans, Thomas, Residence Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1908
This house is a very common version of the Seattle Box, with similar houses seen on Queen Anne and throughout Capitol Hill. This neighborhood has the city’s greatest concentration of American Foursquare houses—often called the Classic Box or Seattle Box, because of its local popularity. They were built primarily between 1905 and 1910. Most of these houses were not designed by an architect, but were built by local builders from patterns purchased from magazines. Most have a wide front porch with heavy posts or columns and a hip roof, often with dormers. There are typically eight main rooms on two floors--living room, hall, dining room and kitchen downstairs and four bedrooms upstairs. Projecting bays at the corners are considered particularly unique to Seattle. Two reasons for their popularity were that they provided a large amount of space for reasonable cost, and that they could be personalized depending on an owners taste and budget. This neighborhood has numerous variations, from simple unornamented versions to elaborately detailed ones with multiple columns, beveled leaded glass windows and exotic accent windows. The original owner of this house is not known; the first identified owner was Thomas Evans, who purchased it in 1930.
This Classic Box or Foursquare has the typical hipped-roof form with a hipped dormer on the front. The recessed porch is on the north side of the main façade, flanked by two wood columns, with a third column at the building corner next to the cutaway bay. There is a plain wood door, with a leaded glass window to the north. The curved bay has three windows, with leaded glass in the upper section of the large center window. The second floor has a projecting window at each corner; these bays pierce the eaves and are supported by numerous small curved brackets. Centered between them is a pair of quatrefoil windows with very ornate surrounds. Cladding is clapboard, with wide belt courses above the first floor windows and below the second floor windows.

Detail for 1212 E Harrison ST E / Parcel ID 6851799261 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Williams, Jacqueline B. The Hill with a Future: Seattle's Capitol Hill 1900-1946. Seattle: CPK Ink, 2001.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.

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