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Summary for 5203 12th AVE / Parcel ID 6746700445 / Inv # UD083

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: University
Built By: Okey J. Gregg, architect; F.H. Bennett, builder Year Built: 1910
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 the Okey-designed house at 5225 17th Avenue NE, built one year later for Louis Alberty. The similarities include the plan, clapboard cladding on the lower two floors, and stucco and half-timbering on the gable ends. Both houses also have gabled dormers on the north and south elevations and an exterior chimney on the south elevation. The house was built for Louis C. Alberty, although Alberty may never have lived in this house. In the 1930s and 1940s, it was owned by Fred W. and Edith Hoover. 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 5225 17th Avenue NE. He also designed a warehouse in Wallingford and houses in Madison Park, Magnolia, Mt. Baker and Queen Anne.
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 has rows of double-hung windows, with wood multiple pane sash above and a single pane below on the first floor, and simple single-pane double-hung windows on the second floor. The large porch has square posts on massive brick piers and is full width and open on the south side. Some bricks may have been added to the porch railing. The house is virtually unaltered, except that a small rear porch on the north elevation may be an addition. There is a detached garage.

Detail for 5203 12th AVE / Parcel ID 6746700445 / Inv # UD083

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 5203 12th AVE / Parcel ID 6746700445 / Inv # UD083

Photo taken Feb 09, 2002
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