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Summary for 1223 17th AVE / Parcel ID 1337800975 / Inv #

Historic Name: Collins, John Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Shingle Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1903
This unusually detailed house was built in 1903 for John H. Collins (permit #19390). Rose M. Lemberg owned it from 1921 until 1952, when Edward Sutton purchased it. During this time the house may have been divided into several units, but it is now a single family home. This is in one of the original Capitol Hill plats of James A. Moore, who gave the area its name. In 1900 Moore, who had already developed other Seattle neighborhoods, purchased and began platting 160 acres, roughly between 11th and 20th avenues, from Roy Street north to Galer. Before selling lots for construction, he graded and paved the streets (eliminating the dust that plagued many sections), installed sidewalks, water mains and sewer lines, and planned for street lights and telephone poles. Lots went on sale in 1901, heavily promoted to attract local business leaders as residents. The response was immediate. The quality infrastructure, convenient transportation, schools and other amenities proved to be very popular and the area was largely developed, with sizable, attractive houses, within only a few years.
The house has a cross-gable form with a very tall front gable featuring a wide arch. Within the arch is a group of three double-hung windows with a distinctive diamond muntin pattern in the upper sashes. A narrow balcony originally extended below these windows. The first floor has a full-width recessed porch with columns and no balustrade.

Detail for 1223 17th AVE / Parcel ID 1337800975 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.

Photo collection for 1223 17th AVE / Parcel ID 1337800975 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 12, 2006
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