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Summary for 5251 12th AVE / Parcel ID 6746700525 / Inv # UD098

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1907
This imposing Craftsman style house is one of the largest houses in this neighborhood near University Heights School. Although its cladding is not original, the house still retains its basic plan, prominent river rock chimney and porch supports, and cross-gable roofs. The house was originally clad with narrow clapboard siding on its first floor, wood shingles above, and half-timbered stucco on the gable ends on the main (east) elevation. Past owners have included J.H. Morris, who purchased the house in 1932, Anna Marie Ritchie, Paul Hodson, and Gordon Tang, who owned many University District properties. During the 1930s and 1940s, architect Frederick V. Lockman lived in this house. Later residents included Arthur J. Morris and Richard Holm. There is a very similar house at 4714 19th Avenue NE. This house was included in the inventory as a prominent early Craftsman style residence in the area with a distinctive design. It still retains its basic form and most original windows, despite considerable alterations.
This large two-and-one-half story house has a side-gable roof with a gabled porch and two gabled dormers on the main (east) elevation. The prominent river rock chimney on the main elevation cuts into the roofline and into one of the gabled dormers. The large front porch has similar river-rock porch supports. The house has a very steep gable roof and appears to combine Craftsman detail with vernacular characteristics. Most of the wood double-hung windows appear to be original, with multi-paned sash above a single pane below. A few windows, including those in the kitchen and some double-hung windows without divided lights, are newer. The house has been entirely reclad with asbestos siding, and some of the window trim has been changed. The front door is not original. There is a small porch on the south elevation. It has an attached garage in the rear along the alley, which is newer than the house.

Detail for 5251 12th AVE / Parcel ID 6746700525 / Inv # UD098

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos 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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
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 5251 12th AVE / Parcel ID 6746700525 / Inv # UD098

Photo taken Feb 02, 2002
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