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Summary for 303 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173180-0340 / Inv #

Historic Name: Brygger, Albert & Leila, House Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Georgian 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).
This prominently-sited Georgian Revival house was built in 1924 for Albert and Leila Brygger. It was one of several houses in the area built by O. M. Kulien. The Bryggers remained here until about 1940, when the house was purchased by Arthur and Bessie Germain. Later owners included Joseph Kavanaugh, a sales manager for the international Paper Company, and his wife Mary (1959-1970s) and Keith Welts, owner of an insurance agency, and his wife Phyllis (1970s-1993). The house has been altered slightly, with the removal of the balustrade that once topped the entry portico, and a deck added to the south elevation. Brygger was one of the city’s most influential citizens. His parents were among the earliest settlers of Magnolia, acquiring in 1876 fifty acres that later became Fort Lawton. Albert attended Seattle Business College and then worked for various banks in minor positions before purchasing a bank in Poulsbo. After operating this successfully, he became vice-president of the Marine National Bank and, in 1926, president of Peoples National Bank. He and his wife Leila had three children, one of whom, Ethel, married Joshua Green, Jr., son of one of the most prominent shipowners and bankers in the Northwest.
This is a relatively simple, example of the Georgian Revival style, with a side gable roof, brick cladding and a symmetrical façade. The entry portico, reached by two steps, has a flat roof with modillions, supported by a pair of round columns. The paneled door is flanked by sidelights, fluted pilasters and two small one-over-one double-hung windows. The entry is flanked by two three-part windows with large fixed center sections and one-over-one side windows. The second floor has three pairs of leaded double-hung windows, extending to the eave line. Each pair is topped by a small gabled dormer, piercing the eave. These gables, as well as the main gable ends, have returns and modillions. The center gable has a small round louvered vent. Windows on other elevations have a one-over-one configuration. All windows have cast concrete sills and lintels, painted white. There are external brick chimneys on both the east and west elevations. The garage is below grade on the east elevation, not easily visible from the front of the house; this basement level is clad with stucco.

Detail for 303 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173180-0340 / 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, Commerce
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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.
Spencer, Lloyd, and Lancaster Pollard. A History of the State of Washington. New York: American Historical Society, 1937.

Photo collection for 303 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173180-0340 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 14, 2003
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