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Summary for 5411 Ravenna AVE / Parcel ID 2218000373 / Inv # UD091

Historic Name: Hershmann, Fritz, House Common Name: Koppel, Anny, House
Style: Modern - Northwest Regional Neighborhood: University
Built By: Victor Steinbrueck, architect; C & R Builders, builder Year Built: 1950
This Northwest style house was designed by architect Victor Steinbrueck for Fritz Hershmann. At the time it was built, the value of the house was estimated at $12,000. It is one of few Northwest style residences in the University District and is noteworthy as a Victor Steinbrueck design. This house is also significant as the home of peace activist Anny "Anci" Koppel, who moved here in 1963. Anci Koppel was born in Vienna and moved to Seattle in 1931 after marrying Charles Koppel. Anci lived in this house for many years. Anci Koppel and others founded the Women Strike for Peace (later Women Act for Peace) in the early 1960s. In 1978 she was arrested during an anti-nuclear demonstration at the Bangor Naval Base. She received the YMCA Milnor Roberts International Understanding Award in 1981. She also received a United Nations Association Human Rights Day Award. Mrs. Koppel died in 2000 at age 93. Victor Steinbrueck (1911-1985) is known as a prominent Seattle architect, University professor, and a historic preservation and urban design activist. His residential work included some modest houses, similar to the Hershmann house, that were characterized by a minimalist approach to structure and an economical use of space. Steinbrueck was actively involved in early planning for the University District and proposed a pedestrian mall on University Way in the early 1950s and again in 1971. Additional Reference: "'Anci' Koppel was a peace activist, even in her 90s," by Carole Beers, Seattle Times, July 24, 2000.
This one-story Northwest style residence has a daylight basement with a garage. It has horizontal cedar siding and panels of windows on its main (east) elevation. The house has a flat roof and is designed to blend into the site and landscape. The building appears to be entirely intact. Metal bars have been added on the basement level of the east elevation. The house is oriented toward the views of Ravenna Park to the east.

Detail for 5411 Ravenna AVE / Parcel ID 2218000373 / Inv # UD091

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete - Block, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Block
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s):
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
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.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Photo collection for 5411 Ravenna AVE / Parcel ID 2218000373 / Inv # UD091

Photo taken May 03, 2002
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