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Summary for 2302 N 54th ST N / Parcel ID 9550202240 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1915
This structure was built in 1915 for W. M. Lucas who gave his address as 1617 E. Pike on the building permit application. The name of the architect and the builder (if someone other than the owner) are not recorded. A “portable” garage was built on the site in 1920 for lessee Charles E. Olson. Although still, it appears to be in poor condition. The building is significant as an intact but somewhat unusual expression of the craftsman bungalow style. It is also worth noting that this structure forms a small group with houses at 5404 and 5408 Kensington Place N., all of which have exceptionally low sloped roofs and similarly configured windows.
This house is a one story, shingle clad, frame residence on concrete foundation over 3/4 basement. It is situated on a corner lot with 54th Street to the south and Kensington Place N. to the west. The exceptionally low slope of the roof and the wide bargeboards supported by triangular wood knee braces are typical elements of craftsman bungalow design; however, the floor plan is somewhat unusual for a craftsman style structure and appears to include a central entry hall between the living at the southwest corner of the house and the dining room at the southeast corner. The entry porch is approximately centered at the south elevation. The doorway is placed in a notch that sets it back from the face of the building. Its shallow roof slope and the detailing of the porch overhang match those features of the side gables at the west and east end of the house itself. The porch and its roof project south toward the street. The porch roof is supported by two large square built-up wood posts that bear on a shingle clad solid porch rail along the porch’s southern edge. The stairs leading to the porch ascend from the west. The dining room window at the east end of the south (front) elevation is an assembly consisting of three double-hung units. The large central unit is nearly square; the shallow upper sash is divided into 20 lights (2 x 10) and the larger lower sash is undivided The two flanking units consist of a small upper sash divided into six lights (2 x 3) over a larger undivided lower sash. The remainder of the windows facing the two streets are double hung units in large, nearly square openings. In each case, they resemble the central dining room unit; the shallow upper sash of each unit is divided into 20 lights (2 x 10) and the larger lower sash is undivided. One of these units, located on the south elevation west of the entry, illuminates the living room. Two more are symmetrically placed in the west elevation; one of these illuminates the living room, the other illuminates the bedroom to the north. The back of the house is difficult to see from the street but is characterized by a number of casually organized windows of varying sizes. An enclosed back porch, serving the kitchen, extends to the east from the northern end of the east elevation. It is almost entirely glazed above waist level. Although the porch appears to be original, the enclosure was probably added later. A small, less than full height bay projects eastward from south end of the east elevation. It is apparently centered in the dining room and is flanked by two undivided casements. This bay matches the description of an addition completed in 1935 according to the City’s permit history. With the exception of the east end additions, and the chimney modifications undertaken at some point since 1937, no significant modifications to the structure are apparent.

Detail for 2302 N 54th ST N / Parcel ID 9550202240 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 2302 N 54th ST N / Parcel ID 9550202240 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 21, 2004
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