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Summary for 828 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501885 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1902
This is a good example of Queen Anne - Free Classic architecture, although the structure’s design integrity has been compromised by alterations to the porch and the relatively recent replacement (or covering) of the original cladding with concrete asbestos siding.

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 property appears to have been owned by Lura C Tanner when the house was surveyed by the Assessor in 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 two story, concrete asbestos shingle clad, wood frame single-family residence on what appears to be a concrete foundation, over a half (actually about 63%) basement. The entire structure (including the two porches) was apparently erected on a brick foundation according to the King County Property Record Card; it is not known whether this original foundation was replaced or parge coated to result in the present appearance.

The essentially rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with cross gables, a defining feature of the Queen Anne style. The overhangs are moderate, and the soffits are enclosed and decorated with block modillions. Pents separate the gables from the body of the house.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design. At the south elevation, a projection of the upper floor, the cross gable above the projecting element, and the cut-away bay below are also typical Queen Anne design devices. The Tuscan columns and built-up entablature at the porch are features associated with the Free Classic mode of the Queen Anne style. Other classical motifs include half circle windows in the gables, a Palladian window at the north elevation, and the heavy soffit with modillions wrapping the house. The original built-up frieze and a similar but lighter built-up belly band have been replaced or covered by the concrete asbestos shingle siding.

According to the King County Property Record Card for this site, the house was built in 1902 and remodeled in 1919 (the two story, nearly full width porch at the back end of the house may have been added at the latter date). Additional modifications appear to have occurred by 1951, including the removal of the ornate balustrade that once adorned the porch roof. The porch itself was partially enclosed, and the original clapboard siding was replaced or covered by concrete asbestos shingle siding, in approximately 1960.

Detail for 828 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501885 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat, Gable, Hip Roof Material(s): Unknown, 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 Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 828 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501885 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 24, 2007
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