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Summary for 1510 E COLUMBIA ST E / Parcel ID 2254501731 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1901
This is a fairly typical example of small scale Queen Anne design, although the structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by alterations to the porch and fenestration and by conversion from a single family residence to a duplex during World War II.

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. The house appears to have been owned by Ambassador Realty Corporation when the building was surveyed by the Assessor in 1937. Fred Travis apparently acquired the structure soon thereafter. The duplex came into the possession of Hulda Travis in 1947, then was sold to Claude and Emma Lee Taylor in 1952 for $7,500.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed July 12, 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 duplex on a concrete foundation (scored to resemble stone of block), over a partial (40%) basement. The porch appears to have originally been built on a post and beam foundation.

The irregular plan is capped by a gable roof with moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits.  Hip roofs characterize the front porch and the bay at the west elevation. The shingle clad peaks of the gables project from the wall surfaces in a manner customarily associated with Queen Anne design.

The windows and doors are also characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design, although the upper sashes of some of the replacement vinyl windows feature muntin patterns suggestive of the Craftsman and Prairie styles.

It appears this structure was built as a single family residence in 1901 and converted to a duplex in 1943 (see King County Property Record Card).

The King County Property Record Card suggests that a one story addition had been added at the back of the house by 1937. The front porch had been significantly altered by 1944. The original solid clapboard clad railing was removed and a second entry stair was added; and
slender, built-up, full height square piers replaced the original partial height Ionic columns. A large window that once opened onto the porch has been moved nearer to the southwest corner of the building, where it sits awkwardly under the shallow porch entablature. All of the original wood window sashes have been replaced with vinyl sashes. The siding appears to have been recently renovated or replaced in kind.

Detail for 1510 E COLUMBIA ST E / Parcel ID 2254501731 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 1510 E COLUMBIA ST E / Parcel ID 2254501731 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 24, 2007
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