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Summary for 10525 Ashworth AVE / Parcel ID 6300000341 / Inv #

Historic Name: McKay House Common Name: McKay House
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Aurora-Licton
Built By: Year Built: 1908
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
The McKay House was constructed about 1908. In 1893, Mathilda P. Rothweiler acquired 40 acres of land one and a third miles north of Green Lake. She constructed a small residence on the eastern 20 acres of her acreage. In 1901, she married David R. McKay. Seven years later, the McKays platted this 20 acre parcel as Oak Lake Villa Tracts and built their residence. Since he was a carpenter, David McKay may have constructed the house. The McKays also owned the McKay Apartment Hotel at 705 Pike Street in downtown Seattle. They McKays may have traveled to their hotel by walking about 12 blocks to catch the Seattle-Everett Interurban line which stopped at 105th Street and Greenwood Avenue on its way to Ballard. The interurban started providing service to north King County in 1905. The McKays lived in the house from the time it was built until 1930, when they sold it to the Lutheran Welfare Corporation. The Lutherans had the residence converted into a retirement home, which they operated until 1954. In 1954, Seattle annexed this area into the city. It is difficult to establish a precise construction date for the residence. The King County Assessment Rols date this house sometime between 1905 and 1910. According to the King County Property Record Cards, the house was built in 1906. Althought the Seattle Polk directory listing for residents outside the city limits is incomplete and spotty, its earliest listing for the McKay's at this location is 1910. Later Occupants. Lutheran Welfare Corporation owned the residence from 1930 until 1954. Charles Elickar purchased the house from the Lutherans and after three years sold it to Harlan Jordan. In the early 1960s Thomas Loftus, a Tradewell Grocery store clerk, occupied the house. Variant Address - 10535 Ashworth (Polk Seattle Directory 1926), 10545 Ashworth (Polk 1927), 10515 Ashworth (Polk 1929), 10535 Ashworth (Sanborn Atlas 1930), 10529 Ashworth (Sanborn Atlas 1950, King County Property Record Card 1937, Kroll North Seattle Atlas ca 1935) The McKay House appears to meet City of Seattle Landmark criteria due to the age of the structure (over 90 years old) and minimal alterations.
The McKay House has large gable wall dormers on north and south elevations. Nearly full width balcony above porch on east elevation. The house is clad in clapboard with stucco near gables. Roof brackets.

Detail for 10525 Ashworth AVE / Parcel ID 6300000341 / Inv #

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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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.
Sanborn Map Company. Insurance Maps of Seattle, Washington. (New York, Sanborn Map Company, 1949-1950 update) 11 volumes.
Sanborn Map Company. Insurance Maps of Seattle, Washington. (New York, Sanborn Map Company, 1929-1930) Volumes 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Photo collection for 10525 Ashworth AVE / Parcel ID 6300000341 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 28, 2005

Photo taken Feb 28, 2005
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