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Summary for 1633 17th AVE / Parcel ID / Inv #

Historic Name: German Home Common Name: German Home
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1894
This building illustrates the changes in Capitol Hill over the past century. The house itself, reportedly built in 1894, is one of the oldest mansions on Renton Hill, or Second Hill. Captain William Renton platted the top of the hill in the 1880s, clearing the land, grading the streets and setting out wooden sidewalks. Development began to flourish with the opening of the Madison Street cable car line about 1890. The spectacular views both east and west attracted many mansions and luxury apartments as well as more modest houses. By the 1930s, many of the large homes became institutions, just as happened to the west on First Hill. This became the German Old People Home of the State of Washington in 1937. A two-story brick addition was constructed in 1952, but it does not ffect the integrity of the main building.
This stucco-clad Foursquare has a round turret at the front corner, next to brick veranda which wraps around the corner. Above the shed roof of the porch is an oval window and a pari of one-over-one windows. The turret has leaded glass windows at the upper level.

Detail for 1633 17th AVE / Parcel ID / Inv #

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat, Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Ethnic Heritage
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 1633 17th AVE / Parcel ID / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 15, 2006

Photo taken Sep 15, 2006

Photo taken Sep 15, 2006
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