Notes: Hip dormer (east elevation). Two bay windows. Recessed full width porch. Some double hung windows with beveled sash. 2nd floor windows replaced in original surrounds.
Content for this form was updated in 2018 as part of the Uptown Historic Resources Survey.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This Craftsman style, American Foursquare form building was built ca. 1906. The 1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance Company map shows a vacant lot at this site. King County Assessor records had 1905 as the estimated year built.
Polk directories listed John B. and Mary (Maria) N. Costa as residents by 1920; Maria Costa was listed as the owner in 1922. The Costas were not listed in previous city directories. John was listed as a laborer by 1922. By 1924, Edward L. Costa also lived at the house. Edward was a shipping clerk for Consumers Compressed Yeast Company. By 1926 Edward was still listed as a resident and worked as a driver; however, John and Maria had moved to 504 Aloha Street. By 1930 John and Mary had moved back in with Edward. By 1935 Edward was listed as a mechanic. By 1938 John had passed away. From 1939 through 1959, both Edward and Maria were listed at the house with John remaining in the house through 1961. Maria passed away in December of 1959. By 1962 through 1967, only Edward was listed at the house. In 1968 Helen M. Costa was first listed at the house with no listing for Edward. Helen was listed through 1975.
The 1930 census listed John and Mary Costa, and their son Eddie L. Costa, at this property. John was born in Italy ca. 1870 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1895; he worked as a gardener in 1930 at a private nursery. He and Mary owned the house in 1930. Mary was also born in Italy, ca. 1882, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1902. In 1930 Mary worked as a janitor in an office building. Eddie was born ca. 1906 and by 1930 worked as a taxi driver for a cab company.
The building retains good integrity and is a good example of a Craftsman style single family residence and associated with the Costa family since the 1920s through the 1970s.
Year: 1930; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0408; FHL microfilm: 2342231
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed., Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Guide to the Architects (Seattle, University of Washington Press: 2014), 2nd edition.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938–1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890–1996.
‘Mrs. John Costa.’ Seattle Daily Times, December 04, 1959: 43.