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Summary for 739 35TH AVE / Parcel ID 0345000095 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne, Queen Anne - Stick, Tudor Neighborhood: Madrona
Built By: Year Built: 1906
This is an interesting example of transitional design combining elements of Queen Anne and Stick style architecture, and prefiguring the emergence of Tudor Revival work. Despite changes to the entry porch, back porch, and chimneys, the structure retains a significant degree of integrity.

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, Otto B. Rupp and his wife apparently owned the house from about 1928 until at least 1937. It appears the structure was acquired by Joseph A. Betz (or Botz) and his wife in 1966,by Glen T. Webb and his wife in 1968, and by D. McGaffin in 1972.


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

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

This is a two-and-a-half story, stucco and brick clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement.

The steeply sloped roofs, the apparent half timbering of the upper stories of this structure, and a brick clad first floor initially suggest Queen Anne or Tudor revival styling. However, the design employs elements draw from the Stick style as well.

The individual windows are distinct from one another (rather than being banded together as would be more typical of a Tudor Revival style structure) and consist chiefly of one-over-one double-hung windows with sashes of equal size, or larger window units featuring a shallow rectangular component with a regular pattern of elongated hexagonal, diamond-shaped and triangular lights over a much larger undivided component. Windows of these types are customarily associated with Queen Anne work.

The overall composition of this structure is characterized by angularity and verticality, but unlike most Queen Anne and Stick style structures, it is not characterized by medieval massing. Two symmetrically placed, front facing gables intersect the side-gabled main roof, and the organization of the façade detailing is reflected across a central axis. The stucco wall cladding is interrupted by a regular pattern of horizontal and vertical boards that has the character of Stick style work, rather than the romantic half-timbering effect sought by the designers of Queen Anne and Tudor Revival style houses.

The original entry porch, with its curved heavy timber bracing and a “T” shaped roof balcony characterized by a medieval-looking paneled railing, has been replaced by a much simpler porch cover and deck that is more reminiscent of Stick style design than it is of Queen Anne or Tudor Revival work. The original corbeled chimneys have been reduced in height and appear much simplified. The back porch appears to have been enclosed.

The house was built in 1906 (King County Property Record Card; King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008). The date of the entry porch cover replacement is unknown; however, this work appears to have been completed relatively recently.

Detail for 739 35TH AVE / Parcel ID 0345000095 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 739 35TH AVE / Parcel ID 0345000095 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 23, 2007
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