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Summary for 1527 19th AVE / Parcel ID 8850000545 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1918
Built in 1918, this building was purchased by Charles Oman in January of 1923 for $2400. By 1933 through 1940, Clara M. Wise (widow of John S.) resided in the building. By 1940, George R. Hertel lived in 1527½. By 1943, Charles Branshaw lived in 1527, and Paul K. Linsner lived in 1527½. Harold R. Gee lived in the building by 1955. By 1961 through 1968, Clyde A. and Annie F. Henderson lived in the building. The North Rainier Valley consists of a depression created by glaciation between the ridges of Beacon Hill and Mount Baker. The valley derives its name from Mount Rainier because of stunning views of the mountain. The area’s growth followed the early streetcar line, which was completed to Columbia City in 1890. The North Rainier Valley includes the area north of Columbia City and contained many early vegetable farms. Commercial development followed along the streetcar line, with housing built nearby. During the first decades of the 20th century, the area between Massachusetts and Atlantic Streets was home to Seattle’s largest Italian enclave, “Garlic Gulch.” Dugdale Ball Park opened on the corner of Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street in 1913, and was succeeded by Sick’s Stadium in 1938. World War II precipitated a surge in housing development, including the public housing project, Rainier Vista, in 1943. Following the war, the area attracted a mix of African-Americans, Asians, and Filipinos. Today this diverse, low-to-middle income neighborhood is unique within Seattle with its long narrow form focused on the Rainier Avenue transportation corridor.
Built in 1918, this compact, vernacular style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Nineteenth Avenue South on a flat site 4’ below street level. This 748 square foot, single-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 22’ by 34’, with a 6’ by 9’ recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard and shingle (gable ends) clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the front gable roof. Open eave and gable overhangs with exposed rafters, purlins, braces and modest bargeboards define the roofline. A fascia wraps the building just above the window heads. Wood sash 1:1 windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A boxed bay window projects on the front facade. A short flight of steps leads to the front stoop. A projecting gable roof shelters the stoop. An internal brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 1527 19th AVE / Parcel ID 8850000545 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
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) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 1527 19th AVE / Parcel ID 8850000545 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 04, 2003

Photo taken Dec 04, 2003
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