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Summary for 832 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501905 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare, Italian - Italianate Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1904
This is a fairly typical example of American Foursquare design, although the structure’s design integrity has been slightly compromised by enclosure of the front porch.

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 B. L Burroughs from about 1928 until at least 1937. The King County Property Record Card hints that D. F. Cann may have been the previous owner.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed July 12, 2008)

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

This is a two story, clapboard and vertical board siding clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a three-quarter basement. The structure appears to have built on a mixed brick and concrete foundation (see the King County Property Record Card); however, it is unknown if the brick portions of the original foundation remain. A portion of the front porch may have been built on a post and beam foundation.

The rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits. The soffits of the main roof were originally decorated with modillions similar to those that presently adorn the centered, front facing, hip roofed dormer.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design; however, the wall surfaces of this structure are much more restrained in their organization than the typical Queen Anne style house. Modillions are often associated with Italianate work, but in the design of this building, their regular placement visually extended the overhangs of this structure, suggesting Prairie style sensibilities. The square, built up wood piers supporting the pedimented gable roof over the porch are also somewhat evocative of the emerging Craftsman and Prairie styles.

The house was built in 1904. The modillions were removed from the soffits of the main roof, and the soffits themselves replaced, at some point after 1937. The porch was enclosed at some point after 1937 as well (and probably much more recently).

Detail for 832 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501905 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Vertical - Boards, 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: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 832 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501905 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 24, 2007
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