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Summary for 902 22nd AVE / Parcel ID 1338800475 / Inv #

Historic Name: Clapp, Joseph & Alice, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Swiss Chalet, Tudor Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1914
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 grand house was designed in 1914 by architect David Myers for Joseph and Alice Clapp (permit #133257). Clapp was listed in city directories as a consulting engineer, but he may have been a member of the timber family that founded today’s Weyerhaeuser Company. The 1937 tax assessor’s data notes the special features of the house, including seven stained glass windows, oak paneling, hardwood floors, brick and tile fireplaces, built-in bookcases and the tapestry brick veneer exterior. The house is well sited on 22nd Avenue East, in Capitol Hill Division 6, at the eastern edge of Capitol Hill--the last of the plats of James Moore, the original developer of the neighborhood. As the topography slopes steeply down to the east, this street enjoys spectacular views, and the streets are lined with unusually fine homes. Architect David Myers had come to Seattle from Glasgow in 1889 and worked for several local firms before leaving to study architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of technology. He returned in 1905 to work with John Graham, Sr., where he was the principal designer until 1910. He then opened his own practice, becoming well known for residential, civic and religious work, as well as his work on the Bogue Commission plan for a new civic center; he was also one the faculty of the University of Washington from 1917 to 1920. During this period he shared office space with jams Schack, and in 1920 they formed a partnership with engineer Arrigo Young. This became one of the city’s most prominent firms, designing the Seattle Civic Auditorium complex, the town of Longview and numerous residences and commercial buildings. In 1929 Myers left the firm (which remained in existence until the 1990s), and returned to private practice until his death in 1936.
This large house has a steep side gable form with a prominent gable bay toward the south end and a large gabled dormer at the north. Adjoining that is a hexagonal bay set into the eave line. Between the two gables is a small shed dormer with three six-light windows. Cladding is brick with stucco and half-timbering on the upper stories. The half-timbering may reflect a Swiss Chalet influence. The entry, in the center of the main (west) façade, is through a one-story brick pavilion. Windows are primarily six over one double hung sash; the hexagonal bay is surrounded by windows, like a sunroom. Gable ends have six-light casement windows. There are two tall chimneys piercing the ridge of the roof, one near the center of the house, and one toward the north.

Detail for 902 22nd AVE / Parcel ID 1338800475 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 902 22nd AVE / Parcel ID 1338800475 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 17, 2006
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