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Summary for 2913 9th AVE / Parcel ID 253330-0540 / Inv #

Historic Name: Shippee, Harry & Lulu, House Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1909
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 simple Workingman’s Foursquare is an excellent and apparently intact example of this modest form, an earlier alternative to the more-popular bungalow or the more-costly Foursquare. The building permit lists Victor Voorhees as the architect. Voorhees was one of Seattle’s most prolific architects, working from 1904 until at least 1957. He is credited with more than 100 local buildings, ranging from cottages and large residences to apartment and office buildings, auto dealerships, industrial buildings, fraternal halls and commercial structures such as Washington Hall and the Vance Hotel. However, he has become best known for a popular book of house plans, Western Home Builder, first published in 1907. This house design is most likely taken from one of the book’s many editions. According to the permit data, this house was probably built as a speculative house by Joseph Moncrieff for P. F. Miller, perhaps the owner of the Philip Miller Co, Inc., a real estate firm. The first identified owner (1919-1938) is Harry Shippee, an engineer, and his wife Lulu. As with many modest houses, there have been many subsequent owners, including George and Mildred Bartch (1940s); Hiram and Kay Gibson (1950s); Robert and Hilda Bryant (1960s); Michael and Katherine Weldon (1970s) and Brian and Shawna Avery (1980s).
This small house sits high above the street, with concrete steps. It has a hip roof with deep eaves with exposed rafter tails. A prominent hipped dormer pierces the front eaves, a characteristic of this house form. Similar dormers are on the side elevations. Each dormer has a pair of one-over-one double-hung windows, one larger than the other. The full-width recessed porch has three square columns with scroll brackets and a large one-over-one window and a smaller single pane window. Cladding is clapboard with a wide water table and a belt course beneath the dormers. The south elevation has a square popout bay, and the north side has a secondary entry to a separate unit. Most windows are one-over-one double hung sash, with wide wood surrounds with ears. Some of the sash may be vinyl, although it is unclear.

Detail for 2913 9th AVE / Parcel ID 253330-0540 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): 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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Photo collection for 2913 9th AVE / Parcel ID 253330-0540 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 16, 2004
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