Home Page
Link to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods home page

Seattle Historical Sites

New Search

Summary for 1209 S WINTHROP ST S / Parcel ID 3076500812 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor, Vernacular Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1929
Built in 1929, this building was occupied by 1940 through 1968 by Raymond J. Shorer. 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 1929, this compact, vernacular style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to South Winthrop Street and the sloping site set at grade. This 940 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with full basement features a T-shaped plan, measuring approximately 31’ by 32’, with a 6’ by 2’ elevated front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Flush gable ends with modest, open eave overhangs define the roofline. Wood sash windows provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. A small, projecting gable roof carried on brackets shelters the open stoop. An exterior gable end brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 1209 S WINTHROP ST S / Parcel ID 3076500812 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Wood - Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: T-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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 1209 S WINTHROP ST S / Parcel ID 3076500812 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 19, 2003

Photo taken Dec 19, 2003
App v2.0.1.0