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Summary for 2006 19th AVE / Parcel ID 1498301885 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1908
Built in 1908, the residence was occupied by Axel Anderson by 1918 through 1943. Mr. Anderson added sleeping rooms in 1918 and a garage in 1924. By 1938, both Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Clara B. Holehan resided in the building. Ralph Johansen lived in the building by 1955. By 1961 through 1968, Andrew J. Chase lived in the building. The North Rainier Valley consists of a depression created by glaciation between the ridges of Beacon Hill and Mount Baker. The valley derives its name from Mount Rainier because of stunning views of the mountain. The area’s growth followed the early streetcar line, which was completed to Columbia City in 1890. The North Rainier Valley includes the area north of Columbia City and contained many early vegetable farms. Commercial development followed along the streetcar line, with housing built nearby. During the first decades of the 20th century, the area between Massachusetts and Atlantic Streets was home to Seattle’s largest Italian enclave, “Garlic Gulch.” Dugdale Ball Park opened on the corner of Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street in 1913, and was succeeded by Sick’s Stadium in 1938. World War II precipitated a surge in housing development, including the public housing project, Rainier Vista, in 1943. Following the war, the area attracted a mix of African-Americans, Asians, and Filipinos. Today this diverse, low-to-middle income neighborhood is unique within Seattle with its long narrow form focused on the Rainier Avenue transportation corridor.
Built in 1908, this substantial, vernacular style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Nineteenth Avenue South on a flat site 2’ above street level. This 712 square foot, one-and-a-half story house features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 22’ by 32’, with a 19’ by 12’ one-story rear addition and an 8’ by 8’ recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, concrete/asbestos shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the front gable roof and hip roof dormers. Broad, closed eave and gable overhangs with pronounced eave returns define the roofline. The eaves on both the main roof and dormers flare out slightly at the outer ends. Wood sash multiple-pane windows with wood casings provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the recessed front stoop. A corner post supports the upper story. A low railing wraps the stoop.

Detail for 2006 19th AVE / Parcel ID 1498301885 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos Foundation(s):
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):
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
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.
City of Seattle. Survey of City-Owned Historic Resources. Prepared by Cathy Wickwire, Seattle, 2001. Forms for Ravenna Park structures.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 2006 19th AVE / Parcel ID 1498301885 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 21, 2003

Photo taken Nov 21, 2003
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