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Summary for 1335 15th AVE / Parcel ID / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1902
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
In 1936, this building rented for $12.50 per month. Robert Roberts resided in the building in 1938. By 1941, Sandra Roberts was the occupant. From 1949 through 1962, Polk directories list Eva M. Koop as the building’s only resident. Donald Snowden moved into the building as the only resident in 1964, followed by William McDonald in 1966. By 1968, Edward Deusser occupied the building, followed by Katherine Nay by 1970. Beacon Hill is a long north-south tending ridge located southeast of downtown Seattle and stands 350 feet at its highest point. The hill’s steep topography deterred substantial Euro-American settlement through the early 1880s. Then, development of the area was stimulated by the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1890s, its proximity to Seattle’s main industrial area to the west, and the regrading of the hill’s north end in the early 1900s. Originally acquired by the City in 1898, Jefferson Park was integrated into Seattle’s Olmsted system of parks, and the Olmsted Brothers prepared a plan for the park in 1912. The first public golf course west of the Mississippi opened at Jefferson Park in 1915. Jefferson Park has exerted a profound positive influence on the development of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Because of its proximity to the International District, Japanese and Chinese families moved to Beacon Hill starting in the 1920s. World War I and II stimulated a surge in housing development associated with wartime industry. The construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s and Interstate 90 in the 1980s sliced through the neighborhoods and contributed to Beacon Hill’s relative isolation. Today, Beacon Hill is an ethnically diverse working class community, which has a mixed Asian, Chicano, African American, and Caucasian population.
Built in 1902, both 1331 and 1335 15th Ave S are matching Vernacular, single-family dwellings standing on a rectangular lot. The buildings are oriented to Fifteenth Avenue South and the flat site is elevated approximately 4’ above street level. These 748 (1331) and 880 (1335) square foot, single-story houses feature rectangular plans, measuring approximately 22’ by 34’ each, with a 22’ by 5’ front porch on 1331 and a 6’ by 10’ recessed front porch on 1335. A poured concrete foundation supports each wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hipped roofs. Flared eaves with exposed rafters define the roofline on each building. Windows in both consist of 1:1 double hung wood windows. Windows feature plain, painted wood casings. A single concrete sidewalk leads up from street level between the two buildings. Direct flights of stairs ascend along the front of each building to their respective front entrances from this sidewalk. Wood columns support the hipped roof porches with an open wood railing with vertical banisters between. A central, internal brick chimney services each building. The partially below-grade, original concrete block garage for 1335 remains partially intact.

Detail for 1335 15th AVE / Parcel ID / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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) "Beacon Hill Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 1335 15th AVE / Parcel ID / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 08, 2004

Photo taken Sep 12, 2003
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