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Summary for 304 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173180-0375 / Inv #

Historic Name: Hamel, Emil and Agnes, House Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1924
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 architect for this house is not known, but it was built in 1924 for Emil Hamel, owner of the Woodland Shingle Company. This was one of the eighteen mills operating in Ballard in the early 20th century, making it the “shingle capital of the world.” Hamel and his wife Agnes lived here until the 1950s. Later owners included Roy G. Sumpter (1960s), Gary C. Roats (1970s-80s) and Orin (CEO of Starbucks Coffee) and Janet Smith (1990s). Minor alterations have included the addition of a swimming pool (1968), the conversion of the garage to a recreation room (1971) and the construction of a detached garage on the northeast corner of the lot (1993).
This Colonial Revival design has a side gable roof and a symmetrical façade with a wide arch over the entry marched by an arched dormer above; each arch has a louvered vent, a round one in the dormer and a half-circle over the entry. The shallow porch has oversize brackets supporting the arched roof. The dormer is supported by brick corbels. The entry is flanked by large three-part windows with leaded transoms. The second floor has three groups of three similar windows. The side (south) elevation on Highland Drive is the most distinctive, with a one-story sunroom; these windows, and some of those elsewhere, have leaded transoms with a delicate geometric pattern. A terrace on top of the sunroom has plain balusters and is accessed by two pairs of French doors. The quarter circle windows flanking the chimney are new and larger than the originals. The chimney in the center of this elevation is flanked by quarter-round windows. Other windows here and on the other elevations re one-over-one double hung sash. Cladding is brick, painted white, with quoins and white concrete sills and lintels on the windows.

Detail for 304 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173180-0375 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick 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
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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 304 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173180-0375 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 17, 2004
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