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Summary for 1337 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660100090 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Dutch Colonial Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1904
Built in 1904, this building was owned by Kate Andrews, who added a garage in December of 1911. In January of 1930, building owner John Davis also added a garage. Tax records list Frank DeBaise as owner by 1935. The monthly rental rate for the property in 1937 was $17.50. In 1938, the Polk directory listed the property as vacant. By 1941, Kiyoshi Minami lived in the building, followed by Yoke Eng in 1953. From 1955 to 1957, the Polk directory listed the property as vacant. By 1959, Mr. DeBaise moved into the residence, staying through 1970. Beacon Hill is a long north-south tending ridge located southeast of downtown Seattle and stands 350 feet at its highest point. The hill’s steep topography deterred substantial Euro-American settlement through the early 1880s. Then, development of the area was stimulated by the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1890s, its proximity to Seattle’s main industrial area to the west, and the regrading of the hill’s north end in the early 1900s. Originally acquired by the City in 1898, Jefferson Park was integrated into Seattle’s Olmsted system of parks, and the Olmsted Brothers prepared a plan for the park in 1912. The first public golf course west of the Mississippi opened at Jefferson Park in 1915. Jefferson Park has exerted a profound positive influence on the development of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Because of its proximity to the International District, Japanese and Chinese families moved to Beacon Hill starting in the 1920s. World War I and II stimulated a surge in housing development associated with wartime industry. The construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s and Interstate 90 in the 1980s sliced through the neighborhoods and contributed to Beacon Hill’s relative isolation. Today, Beacon Hill is an ethnically diverse working class community, which has a mixed Asian, Chicano, African American, and Caucasian population.
Built in 1904, this compact, Dutch Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirteenth Avenue South on a flat site elevated 4’ above street level. This 1032 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring 24’ by 43’, with a 24’ by 6’ recessed full facade front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gambrel cross gable roof. The gambrel roof projects slightly beyond the first story. Decorative shingles highlight the gable ends. Wood sash 1:1 and fixed windows provide day lighting for the first story with contemporary second story windows. An oriel window projects from the south facade. Windows feature decorative, painted casings. A direct flight of contemporary wood stairs leads to the front porch. Four slender columns support the upper story projecting over the porch. A closed railing runs beneath the columns. An internal brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 1337 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660100090 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gambrel Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
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.
City of Seattle. Survey of City-Owned Historic Resources. Prepared by Cathy Wickwire, Seattle, 2001. Forms for Ravenna Park structures.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Beacon Hill Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 1337 13th AVE / Parcel ID 7660100090 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 18, 2003

Photo taken Sep 18, 2003

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