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Summary for 1708 18th AVE / Parcel ID 7234601200 / Inv #

Historic Name: Fisken, A. F., House Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Dutch Colonial Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1901
 
Significance
This is an early house, especially for such a highly-developed area, surrounded by apartments, institutions and commercial buildings. It was built in 1901by P. C. Shannon, for A. F. Fisken, although the Tax Assessor gives 1896 as the date. The address is apparently not listed in the current tax assessor database, which seems to indicate that this parcel is vacant. The house is a good example of a Dutch Colonial and is quite intact. In 1958 it was reclad with asbestos shingles, but those have been removed. It was a duplex in 1937; it is unclear if it was originally a duple or single-family house. at an unknown date, so there are now two doors. This area, called Second Hill or Renton Hill, was platted by Captain William Renton in the 1880s. He cleared the land, graded the streets and set out wooden sidewalks. Development flourished with the opening of the Madison Street cable car line about 1890. The spectacular views both east and west attracted many mansions and luxury apartments as well as more modest houses.
 
Appearance
This Dutch Colonial house has a side gable gambrel woof with very deep boxed eaves and carved brackets. Cladding is wood shingles. The full width porch is narrow, recessed beneath the eaves with no balustrade. A gabled portico projects at the entries; new handrails have been added on the stairs. A 16-light window and a nine-over-one window flank the doorways; similar windows are on the other elevations. Two pedimented dormers are placed together above the entry; each has a nine-light window. The side elevations have a shallow curved bay with three one-over-one windows; above are two six-over-one windows.

Detail for 1708 18th AVE / Parcel ID 7234601200 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gambrel Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
Williams, Jacqueline B. The Hill with a Future: Seattle's Capitol Hill 1900-1946. Seattle: CPK Ink, 2001.
Plaques on the exterior wall of the “retaining wall/comfort station” structure and on the little bridge at the edge of the Wading Pool (WPA, 1936-37 and 1938-39).
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 1708 18th AVE / Parcel ID 7234601200 / Inv #


Photo taken Sep 26, 2006
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