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Summary for 5202 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 8823900385 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Montgomery House Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Spanish Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1929
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. This is a particularly well-preserved historic property that appears to possess architectural and/or historic significance.

(1997) This Mediterranean style house is unusual within the University Park neighborhood, and it is later than most nearby residences, which mostly date from 1910 to 1920. It is a combination of the Foursquare form and the Mediterranean style. The house was designed by architect Fred Rogers for F.N. Chapman, and was purchased by William G. and Grace Montgomery in 1929, shortly after it was completed. The Montgomery family lived in the house until at least 1958. It was included in the inventory because of its unusual style for the University Park area and because it retains its original character. Little is known about architect Fred Rogers. He worked as a draftsman in the 1920s for Oline W. Harris Real Estate, before he established his own office as an architect. His office was located at 1504 Textile Tower in 1935. He worked as an architect in Seattle from 1926 until at least 1956. He worked for H.G. Hammond for a few years during this time.


(2014) This property exhibits no substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 2002 HRI project. 

(1997) This two-story Mediterranean style house contrasts with the typical, older wood-frame residences in the University Park neighborhood. It has a foursquare plan, which is common in the area. and was constructed later than most of the nearby houses. It has stretcher-bond brick cladding, with a pattern of raised bricks. The hipped roof is clad with red-tiles. The front porch has a shed roof and two arches. Most windows are leaded glass, except for two large plate glass windows on the west and south elevations. These windows may not be original. The large windows have decorative scrollwork above. All windows have shutters. There is an arcade over the driveway and another on the east (rear) elevation. The garage matches the house in style and materials.

Detail for 5202 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 8823900385 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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 5202 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 8823900385 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 22, 2002

Photo taken Feb 13, 2015
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