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Summary for 812 W Barrett ST W / Parcel ID 701520-1015 / Inv #

Historic Name: Case, William & Louise, House Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1929
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 Tudor Revival house in Queen Anne Park was built in 1929 by the firm of Beck & Rasmussen, builders of several homes in Queen Anne. Its rather unusual configuration is very similar to that found on another house they built nearby at 3023 10th Avenue West. The two structures may have been based on pattern book designs. The first owner of this house is not known, and by 1938 it had evidently been repossessed by the New York Life Insurance Company. The first identified occupants were William Case, a sales manager at Seattle Steel, and his wife Louise. They lived here from 1935 until the 1950s. Later owners were James Tredway, a chiropodist (1960s), Melvin Smith (1970s) and Thomas Brunton, a city employee, and his wife Bonnie (1980-2002). Queen Anne Park, bounded roughly by W. Bertona, W. Barrett, Seventh Avenue W. and Eleventh Avenue W., was developed in 1926 by the Fred W. Keen Company, with the intention of creating an exclusive gated community. A key feature of the subdivision was its curving streets, laid out by Morford & Mowrey, Civil Engineers, to reduce the steep grades and “lend beauty to the homesites.” Each site had a view, with some houses being built on speculation and others for owners. Construction and sales were done by the J. L. Grandey Company. The company took great pride in the fact that concrete streets, sidewalks and utility installation were all completed before home construction began. Plans were made for 230 homes; however, the stock market crash of 1929 occurred before they were all built, so development occurred more slowly than planned. The result is that the numerous Revival styles from the 1920s-30s are mixed with buildings from the 1950s-60s. It was the first housing addition on Queen Anne to deviate from the standard rectilinear street grid, instead applying a curvilinear layout that responded to the contours of the terrain. The same notions of site design were used in the Maple View Park Addition, and Hill’s Queen Anne Park, which followed in 1927 and 1929.
This Tudor Revival house has a somewhat unusual form with a steep-gabled main volume nested into a second gabled volume of similar height and only slightly less mass. The steep roof of the second section, on the east side, swoops down over the small arched entry porch. On the west side two shallow flat-roofed dormers flank a tall brick chimney, providing nearly a full floor of space on the second story. Roofing is wood chingle. Cladding is red brick with dark green accents, setting off the contrasting white concrete lintels and sills on the windows. There is also a concrete water table and concrete foundation visible around the basement garage on the east . The first story has a three-part window with large fixed pane center section flanked by two narrow double-hung windows; the grouping is large enough to nearly fill the space. Above this are two pairs of six-over-one double-hung windows; a similar pair is on the first floor of the smaller section. Each gable end has a narrow arched vent. Windows elsewhere are predominantly six-over-one sash. The rear, which looks over a steep slope, has a large deck, two large picture windows on the first floor, and two pairs of double-hung windows on the second. The basement garage is on the east end, with newer doors.

Detail for 812 W Barrett ST W / Parcel ID 701520-1015 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 812 W Barrett ST W / Parcel ID 701520-1015 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 12, 2003
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