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Summary for 707 15TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501715 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Gothic - Late Gothic revival, Vernacular Neighborhood: First Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1901
This is a modified example of Gothic Revival architecture. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by removal of some of the most decorative elements of the original detailing. These modifications give the structure the character of a simple vernacular design.

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 structure appears to have been owned by Arthur Westerberg from about 1920 until at least 1937.


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 clad, wood frame single-family residence on a brick foundation, over a full basement. The porches appears to be built on a post and beam foundations.

The irregular plan is capped by a gable roof with minimal overhangs and sloping enclosed soffits. The full width, single story front porch features a hip roof.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne cottage architecture. The original wood detailing at the porch and gables was reminiscent of an earlier style sometimes known as Gothic Revival or "Carpenter Gothic."

This structure was built in 1901, according to the King County Property Record Card.

Some of the original "gingerbread" detailing has been removed. A vent has been added in the front facing gable. Most of the original wood windows have been replaced with vinyl.

Detail for 707 15TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501715 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Brick
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 Windows: Extensive
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 707 15TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501715 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 24, 2007
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