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Summary for 2107 12th AVE / Parcel ID 2207500635 / Inv #

Historic Name: Manheimer, Sanford & Ella, Residence Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1913
This house is a good example of the Craftsman style as expressed in a large house rather than the more common bungalow form. It was designed in 1913 by architect U. Grant Fay for Sanford Manheimer and his wife Ella. The contractor was Frank Bennett. Manheimer was manager of the Tailored Ready Company, a clothing manufacturer. The Manheimers apparently remained in the house into the 1930s. Later owners included Breck McAllister, a University of Washington faculty member (1940s); Ralph Sweet, a physician (1950s); and Delos and Anne Morel of the State Board of Insurance Appeals, who remained for more than twenty years (1960s-80s). Architect U. Grant Fay practiced architecture in Seattle from 1909 to 1917. He was first in the partnership of Fay, Russell & Babcock, and later had his own practice. He designed a variety of residences in Capitol Hill, Mount Baker and the University District, and several churches including the First Baptist Church on First Hill and University Presbyterian Church.
This is a simple side-gabled house, 2-1/2 stories high, with a strong vertical orientation. The first floor is clad with red brick, with shingles on the second story and stucco in the gable ends. Simple half-timbering ornaments the upper stories. The entry is on the south façade, away from the street. It is sheltered by a shed roof supported by oversized knee brackets. Windows on the first floor are predominantly eight-over-one. The gable end has an arched six-over-one window more reminiscent the Colonial or Georgian than the Craftsman style. Two large gable dormers are on the north and south elevations.

Detail for 2107 12th AVE / Parcel ID 2207500635 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Shingle, Stucco 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 Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 2107 12th AVE / Parcel ID 2207500635 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 24, 2005
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