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Summary for 5225 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 8823900550 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Alberty, Louis C. and Ada, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Tudor Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1911
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 relatively intact Craftsman style house is one of at least three houses in the University District designed by architect Okey J. Gregg. It is quite similar to another Okey-designed house at 5203 12th Avenue NE, built one year earlier for Louis Alberty. The similarities include the plan, clapboard cladding on most of the building, and stucco and half-timbering on the gable end. Both houses also have gabled dormers on the north and south elevations and an exterior chimney on the south elevation. This house is slightly more elaborate than the earlier one, possibly because it was planned as Alberty's residence. The house was built for Louis C. and Ada Alberty, who lived there until 1914. Louis worked as a teamster and later as a carpenter. Other residents included John H. Neergaard, an attorney, F. A. Nicholson, and Musgrave & Philips. Okey J. Gregg, was born in Missouri and came to Seattle in 1904 and engaged in house building. One of his best-known projects was the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in Olympia National Park. He joined the firm that built the Northern Life Tower, Washington Athletic Club, and State Capitol Building. He bought Sound Construction & Engineering Company in 1947 and served as its president until he retired in 1947. Mr. Gregg died in California in 1963. In the Seattle directory, Okey J. Gregg is listed as a carpenter in 1906 and 1907, and from 1908-1912, he is listed as an architect. He designed several other houses in the University District, including the Mission Revival style house at 5269 17th Avenue NE and 5203 12th Avenue NE. He also designed a warehouse in Wallingford and houses in Madison Park, Magnolia, Mt. Baker and Queen Anne.

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

(2002) This two-story house has many typical Craftsman characteristics. It has wide eaves, brackets, and gable roofs on the main building, the porch and the dormers. It is clad in clapboard on the first two floors, with stucco and half-timbering on the attic level of the gable ends and on the gable above the porch. The house is noteworthy for its rows of double-hung windows, with multiple pane sash above and a single pane below, and the distinctive triangular window surrounds. The front porch has square posts on brick piers. The front door may be original. The house is virtually unaltered except for a basement door and entry on the north elevation, which are probably new. A curved bay window on the first floor, east elevation, with a small balustrade above is another attractive feature of the house. The house has a small rear porch. There is a garage located on the alley.

Detail for 5225 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 8823900550 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard 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: two
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 5225 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 8823900550 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 26, 2002

Photo taken Feb 13, 2015
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