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Summary for 1013 15th AVE / Parcel ID 1337300270 / Inv #

Historic Name: Weber-Majors Residence Common Name:
Style: Beaux Arts - Neoclassical Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1904
 
Significance
This imposing Neoclassical house was built in 1905, in the early years of the booming development of Capitol Hill. It was designed by architects Kingsley and Anderson (permit #28034) for Andrew Weber, president of Seattle Net & Twine Manufacturing Company—an important industry in a seaport city like Seattle. Weber also owned his own firm, an export and import brokerage. It is not known how long Weber lived here. During the 1930s it was vacant for a period, and was then operated as a nursing home by Henry and Eleanor Meagher (1950s). It was later a home for refugees for a period. After it had been repossessed by the bank, it was purchased in 1965 by Harry Majors, a professor at Seattle University, and the Majors family owned it until 2001. This is one of the original Capitol Hill plats 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. This was the first part of Seattle developed in this way. Moore did not build houses for sale, but sold improved lots to builders or to people who then hired a builder to construct a home to their own taste. Covenants required that homes cost at least $3,000 to build and be at least 24 feet from the sidewalk. The 800 lots sold quickly to company owners, managers, executives, bankers, doctors, and attorneys. The lots grew in value by 300% over the next 12 years.
 
Appearance
This large house has a side-gabled roof and clapboard cladding. The primary feature is the two-story flat-roofed portico with a pair of Corinthian columns. Two single-story columns flank the entry, which has a wood-and-glass door, sidelights and transom. Both the house and the portico have wide flat eaves with carved brackets. Three pedimented dormers are in the roof on the main facade.The house has been altered with newer windows and wrought iron balustrades replacing the original turned balustrades.

Detail for 1013 15th AVE / Parcel ID 1337300270 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard 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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Other:
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.

Photo collection for 1013 15th AVE / Parcel ID 1337300270 / Inv #


Photo taken Feb 12, 2006
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