Home Page
Link to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods home page

Seattle Historical Sites

This application will be offline for Maintenance Saturday Feb 4th from 6am to noon

New Search

Summary for 920 E Newton ST E / Parcel ID 2207500420 / Inv #

Historic Name: Moore, Robert, Residence Common Name:
Style: Modern Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1954
This is a good and intact example of a ranch house, a house form seldom seen on Capitol Hill. This neighborhood was built up well before the ranch house became popular in the 1950s, so few of them were built here. Its low sprawling form was better suited to large, flat suburban lots than the small hilly sites found in most of Seattle. It came to be the symbolic of post-war suburban development just as the bungalows were symbolic of the earlier Seattle neighborhoods. As with bungalows, most ranch houses were not designed by architects, but this one was designed by William Whiteley in 1954; the client was Robert Moore. He is best known for designing apartment buildings, including La Quinta for Fred Anhalt, and others in the Mediterranean and Tudor Revival styles for the Western Building and Leasing Company. Although apartment house development ceased during the Depression, when the economy revived Whiteley continued to design both apartments and residences, using more modern styles and materials.
This ranch house steps down the hillside with two hipped-roof sections and a double garage at a lower level. It features flagstone cladding and large picture windows (including corner windows), two key components of the ranch house. The roof is clad with concrete tile. The entry is near the center, sheltered under the wide eaves. It is approached by wide stairs winding through a rockery. The west end, next to the garage, has a wide stone-clad chimney. The garage has a patio on its flat roof.

Detail for 920 E Newton ST E / Parcel ID 2207500420 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stone Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Concrete- Tile
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.

Photo collection for 920 E Newton ST E / Parcel ID 2207500420 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 13, 2005
App v2.0.1.0