Home Page
Link to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods home page

Seattle Historical Sites

New Search

Summary for 108 W Prospect ST W / Parcel ID 173180-0185 / Inv #

Historic Name: Miller, Mayor John Franklin, House Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1892
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 house was purchased by John Franklin Miller and his wife Mary before he was elected mayor of Seattle in 1908. He served one term, until 1910. His family lived here until the 1940s. They added a sleeping porch in 1913. A photo taken in 1908, available from the Museum of History and Industry, shows that the house is largely intact on the exterior; spindlework on the porch was removed sometime between 1908 and the 1937 Tax Assessor's photo. Interior remodeling in 1963 by owner George Thorsen lowered the ceiling and installed plasterboard in some rooms. The current owner's family has owned the house since 1965. This house is also notable as a good, relatively simple, example of the Queen Anne style, one that is increasingly rare in the neighborhood.
This two-story Queen Anne-style house has a hip-roofed main volume with a front gable wing. The entry is on the west side of the main (south) fa├žade, topped by a gabled pediment with dentils and two round columns. The semi-circular verandah, which continues around to the east side of the house, has dentils, a balustrade with turned balusters, round columns, and small brackets above each column. The first floor has a large newer fixed pane window flanked by one-over-one windows. Three similar windows are on the second floor. The gable end has fishscale shingles and a 12-light casement window capped by a small cornice. The west elevation has a slightly projecting gabled bay with shingle cladding and two windows on each floor. A similar bay is on the east side with original windows.

Detail for 108 W Prospect ST W / Parcel ID 173180-0185 / 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: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Politics/Government/Law
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.

Photo collection for 108 W Prospect ST W / Parcel ID 173180-0185 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 14, 2003
App v2.0.1.0