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Summary for 2021 S ALASKA ST S / Parcel ID 3677900125 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival, Other Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1927
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1927, this building was occupied by Frank W. and G. H. Knowles by 1936. They added a garage in 1936 and remained in the building through 1968. 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 1927, this Colonial Revival style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to South Alaska Street on a flat site at street level. This 1482 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 34’ by 54’, with a 23’ by 7’ by 19’ front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick and stucco clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gable roof and shed roof dormer. Modest eave and gable overhangs with eave returns and boxed closed soffits define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front porch. Brick piers carry the hipped porch roof.

Detail for 2021 S ALASKA ST S / Parcel ID 3677900125 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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 2021 S ALASKA ST S / Parcel ID 3677900125 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 10, 2003

Photo taken Dec 10, 2003
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