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Summary for 917 14TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501125 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: First Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1902
This is a good example of the Free Classic variant of the Queen Anne style, although the structure’s design integrity has been compromised somewhat by an expansion at the front end of the house.

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, Frank J. Stone apparently owned the house when it was surveyed by the Assessor in 1937. It appears the structure was acquired by Molley Jones in 1954, and by Lawrence Ord in 1955. The current owners, Zeke and Selina Koch, bought the property from Delia M. Miller and Helen T. Stewart in 2003.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed July 22, 2008)

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

This is a one-and-a-half story, clapboard and shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The porch appears to be built on a post and beam foundation.

The rectangular plan is capped by a somewhat steeply sloped roof featuring crossed gables with enclosed soffits and scalloped bargeboards. The gables are enclosed by pents and sided with decorative shingles. Tuscan columns and a spindlework entablature characterize the pedimented projecting front porch at the northeast corner of the house.

Various distinctive Queen Anne muntin patterns once characterized the upper sashes of several of the windows; however, the most distinctive of these windows have been replaced with double hung units having undivided lights or units divided in simple 4/1 or 6/1 configurations.

Most of the windows are included in bays or banded together in groups of two or three units.

The original corbelled chimney appears to have been removed.

This house was built in 1902 (King County Property Record Card; King County GIS Center Property Report, accessed July 22, 2008). Photographs attached to the property record card suggest that an expansion at the front of the house in the late 1960s enveloped a character-defining bay by moving forward the east wall of the structure south of the porch. The “mid-century” style window initially placed at the center of the new east wall has since been replaced with a Craftsman/Shingle style band of three windows closer in character to the Queen Anne style of the house as it existed in 1937.

The structure is one of several detached houses situated on rectangular lots in a portion of the First Hill neighborhood characterized by a rectangular street grid.

Detail for 917 14TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501125 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 917 14TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501125 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 21, 2007
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