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Summary for 2455 Nob Hill AVE / Parcel ID 169890-0045 / Inv #

Historic Name: Davis, Elmer and Ella, House Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Cottage Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1927
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).
Despite its name, the Colonial Park Addition contains a number of variations of the Tudor style. This area of several blocks on Queen Anne’s north slope was platted in 1925 by Bena Lorentz, wife of John Lorentz, a prominent local contractor. It is probable that he built a number of the distinctive homes within the plat.houses. This house has a rolled roof, evoking a Cotswold cottage, which is a rare variation in Seattle. It is a good example of a "builder's Tudor," one of the most popular styles in Seattle in the 1920s. They have characteristics of the Tudor style such as steep gable roofs and leaded windows, but on a modest scale. The architect and builder are not known, but it was purchased in 1927 by Elmer E. Davis, a structural steel contractor, and his wife Ella; it may have been built for them. They lived here until 1938, when it was purchased by William and Estella Springstun, who lived here until the 1960s
The rolled roof and stucco cladding place this house in the English Cottage variant of the Tudor style, although its massing is more vertical than usual for the cottage style, in order to fit on the small lot. The house has a side gable roof with a two-story gable on the south of the main elevation; the gable has a tall round-headed arched window. The entry, in this gabled section, has no porch, but a small gabled roof with brackets over the stoop. All the gables have a rolled roof. The front elevation also has a gabled dormer with three casement windows. The primary windows on this elevation, on the first floor, is tall narrow windows with leaded glass in the upper sections. A similar group of windows is found on the north elevation. The south elevation has a secondary entrance with a small gabled porch. The garage is located below grade beneath the three front windows; it has the original doors with three small windows.

Detail for 2455 Nob Hill AVE / Parcel ID 169890-0045 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco 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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
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.

Photo collection for 2455 Nob Hill AVE / Parcel ID 169890-0045 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 15, 2004
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