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Summary for 203 30TH AVE / Parcel ID 0366000110 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1904
This is a nicely maintained (if somewhat eclectic) example of Queen Anne design (note that its roof form is more typical of “full size” Queen Anne design than its is of Queen Anne cottage work). The structure’s integrity has been somewhat compromised by conversion to a duplex, and by the modification of some of the windows.

This is one of approximately 2,200 houses that are still extant out of more than 5,000 that were built by the end of 1906 in Seattle’s Central Area, Eastlake, First Hill, Leschi, Madison Park, Madrona, and North Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

A complete permit history, and a complete record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property; however, it appears that Clifton T. Smith owned the house from about 1920 until at least 1937. Raphiel [sic] Justice, Jr., and his wife, apparently purchased the structure in 1963. The current owner, Patricia A. Thompson, acquired the house from Kathleen Baker in 1992.


King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972) Washington State Archives

King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed July 29, 2008)

This is a one-and-a-half story, clapboard and shingle clad wood frame duplex on a concrete foundation, over a full basement.

The moderately sloped roof at the front end of the house, with its pent enclosed, front facing gable, intersects a somewhat larger hipped roof, displaying a typical Queen Anne style roof configuration. The enclosed soffits, the shingle cladding in the gable and at the dormer (which contrasts with the narrow clapboards at the body of the house), and the bay window are all elements often associated with Queen Anne houses.

The single and paired double hung windows, with sashes of equal size (each enclosing single undivided pane of glass), are typical elements of Queen Anne style structures.

The deep, built up frieze, and the dentils at the base of the frieze at the front of the house, are associated with the “free classic” variant of the Queen Anne style.

A half-width, recessed porch is integrated into the overall composition. This element of the design is less typical of Queen Anne work; together with the hipped roof dormers and the structure’s calm silhouette, the entry is suggestive of the Shingle style.

The three-part window at the front of the house replaces a much older window of similar overall configuration, although the older window included a central component consisting of a shallow rectangular pane over a much larger pane, and narrow flanking components with divided lights. At least one roof window has been added.

The house was built in 1904 (King County Property Record Card; King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008). The King County Property Record Card indicates that the house was remodeled and suggests that an addition was made to the back end of the structure prior to 1937; however, the date of the remodel is not recorded. The house appears to have been converted to a duplex at some point after 1937.

The house is situated on the west side of 30th Avenue, which some individuals regard as the eastern boundary of the Central Area. However, this area of the City could be viewed as a part of the Leschi neighborhood as well.

Detail for 203 30TH AVE / Parcel ID 0366000110 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 203 30TH AVE / Parcel ID 0366000110 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 23, 2007
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