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Summary for 1104 17th AVE / Parcel ID 1337800315 / Inv #

Historic Name: Roy, C. L., Residence Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1907
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This house, in the English Arts & Carfts style, was designed by architect Frederick Sexton for C. L. Roy, owner of a lumber mill; it is said that he asked Sexton to model this house on a Roy family ancestral home in England. Sexton was born and educated in England and practiced in Tacoma and Everett before coming to Seattle in 1901. He designed many commercial and public buildings including schools and libraries, as well as a number of houses including the nearby Parker-Fersen House, a city landmark. This block is within the original Capitol Hill of James A. Moore, who gave the area its name. In 1900 Moore, who had already developed other Seattle neighborhoods, purchased and began platting 160 acres, roughly between 11th and 20th avenues, from Roy Street north to Galer. Before selling lots for construction, he graded and paved the streets (eliminating the dust that plagued many sections), installed sidewalks, water mains and sewer lines, and planned for street lights and telephone poles. Lots went on sale in 1901, heavily promoted to attract local business leaders as residents. The response was immediate. The quality infrastructure, convenient transportation, schools and other amenities proved to be very popular and the area was largely developed, with sizable, attractive houses, within only a few years.
This house has a cross-gable form, with a wide front gable. The first floor is clad with brick, with stucco and half timbering above. An unusually wide decorative wood band separates the materials. The gabled entry, at the northwest corner, is at-grade, and has relatively small timbers, more typical of the English Arts and Crafts style than the heavier, more solid Tudor timbers. The south end has a second-story porch with a brick balustrade. The north end has a gabled porte chochere. Most windows are simple one-over-one sash, with some casements. Some appear to be replacements.

Detail for 1104 17th AVE / Parcel ID 1337800315 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
Williams, Jacqueline B. The Hill with a Future: Seattle's Capitol Hill 1900-1946. Seattle: CPK Ink, 2001.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 1104 17th AVE / Parcel ID 1337800315 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 05, 2006
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