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Summary for 109 15TH AVE / Parcel ID 0007600215 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne, Queen Anne - Shingle Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1902
This is a small scale or “cottage” example of the Shingle style. The structure’s design integrity has been compromised by the extensive changes to the siding.

This is one of approximately 2,200 houses built in 1906 or before that survives in the core residential neighborhoods of the city, including the Central Area, Eastlake, First Hill, Leschi, Madison Park, Madrona, and North Capitol Hill.

A complete permit history and record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property; however, Marco Franco owned the house from about 1916 until at least 1937. It was acquired by John Spriggs in 1947, by Alice Marsellas in 1972, by Edith Catellanos at some point between 1972 and 1997 when she married Ismael Hernandez, by Lynn Dinino in 1999, by Russel Johnson in 2004, and has been owned by Howard Crabtree and Catherine Schierling since 2005.


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, cement asbestos shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete block foundation, over a quarter basement. The porches appear to have been built on post and beam foundations.

The steeply sloped roofs, the enclosed soffits, the numerous bay windows, the simple door and window surrounds, the delicately detailed entry door with large window. the use of a shallow rectangular sash with multiple panes over a larger undivided sash (as at the center window in the bays and the three part window opening onto the front porch), the use of double hung windows with sashes of equal size, the numerous fixed windows featuring a regular pattern of slender peaked rectangular, diamond shaped, and small triangular panes, are all typical elements of the Queen Anne style

The classical columns and balustrade at the full width, hip roofed, entry porch are customarily associated with the “free classic” variant of Queen Anne work; however, they are often also found in Shingle style houses. In fact, the cement asbestos shingle siding that presently wraps the entire house is also suggestive of the Shingle style, though it completely replaces or covers the original wall cladding. When first built, the house featured continuous wood shingle siding at the second story, narrow clapboard cladding at the entry level, and vertical board siding below the water table at first floor level. This pattern of siding, the incorporation of “wavy” wall surfaces (such as occurs over the front facing second story bay window), and the use of intersecting gambrel roofs are all typical features of Shingle style design.

The house was built in 1902 (King County Property Record Card; the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008). The shed extension asymmetrically placed at the rear appears to have been an early addition. The siding appears to have been replaced in the 1950s. The front porch railing was altered much more recently.

Detail for 109 15TH AVE / Parcel ID 0007600215 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Block, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gambrel, Hip, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 109 15TH AVE / Parcel ID 0007600215 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 22, 2007
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