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Summary for 1803 7th AVE / Parcel ID 186060-0330 / Inv #

Historic Name: Lancaster, Leland & Thelma, House Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1905
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This modest house is an intact example of a cottage or a “Workingman’s Foursquare,” a smaller and less costly version of the American Foursquare that was particularly popular in Seattle during the first decade of the 20th Century. This form gains a partial second story through the dormers on the hipped roof. The numerous lozenge-patterned windows give it considerable elegance. It was built in 1905, but the original owner and builder are not known. In the 1930s it was owned by Herbert E. Ward, a salesman, and his wife Esther. From the 1940s until 1963 the owners were Leland Lancaster, an accountant at the Washington Cooperative Farmers Association, and his wife Thelma. In 1963 it was purchased by Mrs. Irene Fram, a widow, who lived here at least into the 1970s.
This hipped-roof cottage has a partial second floor with hipped dormers on all four sides. The roof has deep eaves with carved brackets. Cladding is clapboard, with shingles on the dormers and below the eaves, and horizontal boards below the water table. A wide dentilled belt course runs above the windows. Most windows have a lozenge pattern, of wood rather than lead. The recessed porch, at the northeast corner, has two simple square posts (altered) and a large lozenge window. Each dormer has two plain one-over-one windows. The south elevation, which is the most visible, has a three-sided flat-roofed bay toward the front, with a square bay at the southwest corner. The rear (west) has a small recessed porch with a deck and wood stairs. The brick chimney is on the front, flanked by two windows.

Detail for 1803 7th AVE / Parcel ID 186060-0330 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
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
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Gowans, Alan. "The Comfortable House: North American Suburban Architecture: 1890-1930." Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1986.

Photo collection for 1803 7th AVE / Parcel ID 186060-0330 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 20, 2004
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