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Summary for 1622 1st AVE / Parcel ID 081000-0140 / Inv #

Historic Name: Knott, James & Ruth, House Common Name:
Style: Spanish - Eclectic Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1927
 
Significance
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 house is notable for its somewhat whimsical evocation of the Spanish eclectic style on a modest scale, unusual in Seattle neighborhoods. It features such details as arched doors and windows, twisted columns, urns and plaster ornament. The original owner and builder from 1927 are not known, but it was purchased in 1939 by George Whittle, an accountant, and his wife Eulalia. In the late 1940s it was occupied by F. R. and Vivian Thompson. In 1957 James Knott, a painting contractor, and his wife Ruth bought the house and remained until at least the 1970s. The windows may have been modernized with newer divided light sash, or the original windows may be obscured by storm windows. The house is significant if the windows are original or have been replaced in kind.
 
Appearance
This unusual Spanish Eclectic house sits high above the street, with a rockery. It has the stucco cladding, red clay tile roof and other features typical of the style. The main fa├žade, on the west, has a pair of arched wood doors set within a twisted arch and columns. Above the doorway is a large ornate plaster ornament and a small flat roof with prominent brackets. Windows are two 15-light leaded casements with brick sills, set into blind arches with plaster cartouches. This side has a prominent external chimney, clad with stucco and topped with red tile. At the northeast and southweest corners columns pierce the eaves, each topped with a large urn. The north elevation, on a corner, has an arched window with two pairs of casement sash and a pointed louver vent in a gable end. Below is a single garage with a terrace on the roof. The garage wall extends to the north to form an arched gateway of stucco leading to the rear of the house. The south elevation has a leaded glass casement window at the west side, with two smaller casement windows and two one-over-one windows toward the rear.

Detail for 1622 1st AVE / Parcel ID 081000-0140 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet, Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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.

Photo collection for 1622 1st AVE / Parcel ID 081000-0140 / Inv #


Photo taken Sep 27, 2004
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