This is a good, if simplified, example of the “free classic” variant of the Queen Anne style architecture The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by the numerous alteration to the front porch and soffits, and the removal of some decorative elements.
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 record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972) Washington State Archives
King County GIS Center Property Report (http://www5.kingcounty.gov/kcgisreports/property_report.aspx; accessed March 6, 2008)
Historic District documentation update (prepared by Erin O’Connor, Lee
O'Connor, Cheryl Thomas on the NR Form, 6/17/2009; data entry by ICF, January
Park Historic District is eligible for listing on the National Register under
Criterion "A" for its direct association with events that made a
significant contribution to the broad patterns of local and national history.
The district is also significant under Criterion "C" for its
collection of early 20th century residential architecture designed
by many notable Seattle architects. The period of significance for the Roanoke
Park Historic District begins in 1899, the earliest construction date, and ends
in 1939, the date the neighborhood was built out. Many residents in the
district were directly involved in the local and sometimes national historic
context, some as much creating the history as expressing or representing it.
The politicians, jurists, medical people, and earliest historians of Seattle
who lived in the district were powerful actors, and many local themes of the
day were played out with varying degrees of self-consciousness by other
residents. The work and careers of the district's residents epitomize patterns
and preoccupations in the settlement of the American west coast maritime
The events of
that pre-war period of political, economic, and cultural activity coincide with
the period of the district's architectural significance, in which many of its
architects trained on the east coast of the United States, the Midwest,
England, and Europe designed the district's residences at the same time that
they were designing the city of Seattle's significant buildings during and even
after the only partial realization of the City Beautiful movement's ideals in
the cities of the United States. The rise of world fairs and expositions and
the realization of City Beautiful ideals in the layouts and buildings of these
"cities within cities"1 is directly involved as well on the Roanoke
Park plateau, whose major period of development was occasioned in large part by
its overlooking the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition grounds. And the settlement
of residential suburbs-in Seattle's case, "streetcar suburbs" ever
farther outside the city center-is a pattern of development to be seen in the
environment of most cities in the United States and in Seattle, particularly in
the Roanoke Park Historic District.
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