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Summary for 176 Highland DR / Parcel ID 949470-0026 / Inv #

Historic Name: Boldt, James & Grace, House Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1925
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 is one of numerous houses in the vicinity built by Frederick J. Davidson. Davidson, a skilled carpenter, came to Seattle from Canada in 1903. He established himself as a contractor and built more than 150 houses between 1910 and 1929. Most were of brick, and were noted for high quality construction and features such as hot water central heat and adequate electrical wiring. Construction cost for this home was estimated at $6,500.00. The house next door, at 172 Highland Drive, is similar to this one. Some minor alterations occurred in 1998, including replacing a dining room window with a French door and reconfiguring the retaining wall, stairs and parking area. Upon completion in 1925, this house was purchased by James R. Boldt and his wife, Grace. Boldt was a prominent caterer and president of Boldt’s Western Hotels Food Service, Inc. He came to Seattle from Kansas in 1909 to set up a concession at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. He later acquired contracts for food service at local military facilities, the University of Washington, Boeing and the Civic Auditorium, as well as establishing 28 bakery stands throughout the city. He also served as president of the Seattle Indians baseball team from 1918 to 1923. Boldt died in 1966, but his wife lived here until the 1970s.
This house is basically a Classic Box or American Foursquare in form, although the entry bay and brick cladding give it a different feel from most others. It sits high up over the street, with a rockery in front, and is somewhat difficult to see clearly. The house has a hip roof with deep flat eaves with modillions. The entry is in the center of the main façade, through a two-story enclosed bay with a large window and eight-light casement windows on each floor; the first floor window has the original transom. On each side of the entry is a picture window; the original windows were large, but with divided light transoms. Most windows are leaded, either eight-over-one or six-over-one, in pairs or singly, with brick sills and lintels An exterior brick chimney is on the east side, with a garage at the northeast.

Detail for 176 Highland DR / Parcel ID 949470-0026 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick 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, Commerce
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.
Reinartz, Kay F. Queen Anne: Community on the Hill. Seattle: Queen Anne Historical Society, 1993.
"James Boldt, Former Caterer and Sportsman." Seattle Times, May 13, 1966.

Photo collection for 176 Highland DR / Parcel ID 949470-0026 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 03, 2004
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