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Summary for 1227 2nd AVE / Parcel ID 919470-0050 / Inv #

Historic Name: Strong/Sorenson House Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1908
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).
The building permit for this house does not indicate the owner, architect or builder, so little is known of its origins. In the early yearsof the 20th century it was the residence of the Reverend Sidney Strong, pastor of the Queen Anne Congregational Church. He is perhaps most noted as the father of Anna Louise Strong, who lived here from 1910 until 1921. Anna was one of the most notable radicals in Seattle and United States history. After graduating from Bryn Mawr, she earned her Ph. D. from the University of Chicago at the age of 23,and moved to Seattle seven years later. As an advocate for child welfare and education, she won election to the Seattle School Board, but was recalled due to her pacifist and socialist stances. Following her recall, she continued her work as a journalist, writing for the Union Record during the 1919 General Strike and promoting the new Soviet government. Disillusioned with the erosion of the U. S. labor movement, she moved to Moscow, working as a correspondent for radical American newspapers. In 1958, she moved to China, where she remained until her death in 1970. The house was later owned for many years by Thomas Hammond, a vice-president of United Pacific Casualty Insurance, and his wife Francys. (1930-1950s). Other owners included a salesman, George R. Rifkin and his wife Vivian (1950s) and Rodger and Carolyn Benson (a real estate broker at Henry Broderick, 1960s). Reverend Reuben Sorenson, pastor of the Queen Anne Lutheran Church purchased the house in 1972 and his wife Janice remains here today. Note that the original address was 1227 Highland Place.
This house is similar in form to a hip-roofed Foursquare, although the proportions differ from those typically found in Seattle Foursquares. The entry is on the side (south), enclosed by a small porch. The balustrade above the porch is decorated with quatrefoil cutouts. This motif is repeated on the eaves and on a three-sided bay on the street fa├žade on the east side. On the north side is a hip-roofed porch with a secondary entry. Windows throughout are six- or four-over-one double-hung sash, mostly arranged in groups of two or three. Cladding is wood shingle laid in strong horizontal courses.

Detail for 1227 2nd AVE / Parcel ID 919470-0050 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle 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.
"Strong, Anna Louise (1885-1970),"

Photo collection for 1227 2nd AVE / Parcel ID 919470-0050 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 09, 2003
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