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Summary for 2811 18th AVE / Parcel ID 7319900090 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1924
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1924, this building was designed by Seattle architect, Edward Merritt. George W. and Anna L. Mockley purchased the building in December of 1926. Mr. Mockley owned the South Seattle Foundry. By 1938, Yasuzo Ichie lived in the building. Gichi Yabe lived in the building by 1940 followed by James B. Cadwell by 1943. By 1955 through 1968, the Polk directory lists George W. and Anna L. Mockly as occupants of the house. 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 1924, this vernacular style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Eighteenth Avenue South on a flat site 6’ above street level. This 1362 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 28’ by 46’, with a 14’ by 6’ recessed front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the clipped gable roof. Modest, closed eave and gable overhangs with eave returns define the roofline. Wood multiple-pane upper sash windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A flight of stairs leads to the front entrance. Piers with decorative elements recessed between the piers carry the gable porch roof. Brick chimneys service the building. This building is a basic example of a vernacular dwelling within the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Detail for 2811 18th AVE / Parcel ID 7319900090 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable - Clipped 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 Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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 2811 18th AVE / Parcel ID 7319900090 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

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