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Summary for 1626 E Boston TER E / Parcel ID 1333300135 / Inv #

Historic Name: Merritt, Fred & Constance, Residence Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1936
 
Significance
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 large Tudor-inspired house was designed in 1936 for Fred Merritt, an attorney, and his wife Constance. The Merritts remained here until 1963. In 1964 the house was purchased by Chester and Olaug Lindsey (1926-2003); Mrs. Lindsey still owns the house. Lindsey, an architect, is best known for his design of Seattle’s tallest building, the 76-story Columbia Tower (1985), as well as several glass towers in the Denny Regrade area, built primarily in the 1970s-80s. The large house is notably sited at the north edge of Capitol Hill to take advantage of views in three directions, over the University of Washington toward Lake Washington. The 1937 assessor’s data notes interior features such as hardwood floors, extensive tile work and colored fixtures in the four bathrooms.
 
Appearance
This house sits off the street, at the top of a steep slope. It has a hipped roof with a complex roofline of bays and dormers. Entries are on the east and west elevations, with a garage below grade at the northeast corner. The house has a hipped roof of reddish concrete tile. Cladding is whitewashed brick on the lower levels and stucco with half-timbering on the upper levels. Windows are primarily ten-light leaded cements, with some diamond-paned casements. The front façade faces south, with a small recessed entry porch near the center, flanked by large banks of windows. The narrow south façade, facing the street is clad with brick and has two small inset hipped dormers. The east elevation has a small recessed entry toward the center, with a projecting bay to the north. The windows near the entry have decorative iron grills. Above the entry the half-timbered second story had three pairs of eight-light leaded casements. Toward the north entry is another bay, with the garage on the lower level and s half-timbered section above with three ten-light casements n each side; above is a hipped dormer.

Detail for 1626 E Boston TER E / Parcel ID 1333300135 / Inv #

Status: No - Age
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 1626 E Boston TER E / Parcel ID 1333300135 / Inv #


Photo taken Feb 17, 2006
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