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Summary for 620 W Howe ST W / Parcel ID 239710-1606 / Inv #

Historic Name: Sparkman, J. M., House Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Federal Revival Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1909
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 home was featured in Homes and Gardens of the Pacific Coast, 1913, which compared it to the fine "old manors" of Virginia and Maryland. It was designed in 1909 by Wilson & Loveless for James M. Sparkman, president of Sparkman & McLean, a real estate investment company. Sparkman and his wife Ida lived here until 1921, when the house was purchased by George H. Rummens, a partner in the law firm Rummens & Griffin. Rummens and his wife Mae lived here until the 1950s, when it was purchased by Morton Bassam, a psychiatrist, and his wife Celeste. They moved from another notable house at 656 W. Galer Street. Arthur Loveless came to Seattle in 1907, after studying architecture (but not graduating) at Columbia University. For several years, he worked in partnership with Clayton Wilson, designing primarily larger residences such as this one. Perhaps their best known work is the Alexander Pantages house (1909) at 1117 36th Avenue E. Loveless then entered into a brief partnership with Daniel Huntington, and then practiced independently from 1915 until 1942. He is best known as a designer of eclectic houses (often in the Tudor revival idiom) and similar structures such as fraternity and sorority houses and his own Studio Building at 711 Broadway East. The house has been somewhat altered with the addition of a carport (converted to a garage in 1988) and replacing the windows on the sunroom and the front façade in 2002.
The building's features are difficult to see since the brick has been painted white and trees and shrubs have grown in front of it. It is a hip-roofed center-hall Colonial Revival, with brick cladding with quoins. The gabled center bay has a lunette window with tracery at the eave line; the gable is flanked by two hip-roof dormers, with a third dormer on the west side. The entry portico has a prominent arched hood with two columns; above this is a large three-part window on the second floor. The façade is symmetrical, with the portico flanked by large three-part windows with multipaned transoms and side sections. Second floor windows are double-hung sash with multipaned upper sections. There are single story sunrooms on both east and the west; the western one has a deck on top. The sunrooms have been renovated with newer windows. All windows have been replaced, with leaded glass below and false muntins on the second floor.

Detail for 620 W Howe ST W / Parcel ID 239710-1606 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
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.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
Calvert, Frank. Homes and Gardens of the Pacific Coast. Vol. 1, Seattle. Beaux Arts Village: Beaux Arts Society Publishers, 1913.

Photo collection for 620 W Howe ST W / Parcel ID 239710-1606 / Inv #

Photo taken Jan 18, 2003
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