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Summary for 1415 E FIR ST E / Parcel ID 0007600125 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne, Queen Anne - Cottage, Queen Anne - Stick Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1895/1901
This is a fairly typical, if cottage size, example of the Stick style with good design integrity despite the renovation or replacement of substantial portions of its cladding.

This is one of approximately 2,200 houses built in 1906 or before that survives in Seattle’s  core residential neighborhoods 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, Misako Shigihara appears to have owned the house by 1939. Irle Lagrange acquired the house from Shizuka Lagrange in 2001, and it has been owned by the current owner since 2006.


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, shingle, clapboard, vertical board and drop siding clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a half basement.

The formal asymmetry of this house, the steeply pitched roof with front facing gable and intersecting cross gables, the spindle work at the shed roofed entry porch, and the use of tall double-hung windows, singly and in pairs, with upper and lower sashes of equal size, are typical elements of the Queen Anne style.

However, the vertical emphasis and angularity of the overall composition is more typical of the Stick style. The overhanging eaves with exposed rafter ends (at least at the gable ends), the variety of wood cladding types interrupted or separated by patterns of primarily horizontal and vertical boards, including vertical strips at the sides of windows, and vertical corner boards, the inverted “picket fence” band across the front gable, the squared bay windows, the half sunburst design in the half gable under the shed roof over the entry porch, and the cornice with brackets over the bay window, are all design elements customarily associated with the Stick style..

The house was undergoing substantial renovation when the field survey was undertaken in October of 2007. However, comparison of the present exterior with that illustrated in the photograph of the house made in 1937 suggests that the character of the renovated structure remains close to that of the original building. A furnace was apparently replaced in 1938.

The house was built in 1895 (King County Property Record Card gives the date; the King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 29, 2008, gives the date as 1901).

Detail for 1415 E FIR ST E / Parcel ID 0007600125 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Vertical - Boards, Wood, Wood - Clapboard, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip, Shed 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: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1415 E FIR ST E / Parcel ID 0007600125 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 22, 2007
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