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Summary for 827 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501920 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1904
This is an example of Queen Anne architecture with significant foursquare characteristics exhibiting a high degree of design integrity.

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 Seattleā€™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 Louise A. Hecht when 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, clapboard, shingle and drop siding clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a partial (70%) basement. That the porches may be built on a post and beam foundations is suggested by the King County Property Record Card.

The essentially rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with a single cross gable. The moderate overhangs feature enclosed soffits. The front facing, pent enclosed gable sits atop what appears to be a projecting plan element, though this apparent projection is actually formed by the partially recessed, single story, pedimented porch and a similarly recessed upper story wall surface, both at the northwest corner of the structure. The porch pediment, the Tuscan columns (appearing in pairs at the outside corners of the porch), the built-up wood belly band (which extends the porch entablature around the entire house) and the built-up wood frieze just below the main roof soffits, are all Queen Anne - Free Classic details, though the frieze and belly band also give the structure a horizontal emphasis often associated with foursquare design.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne architecture, although the simple plan and limited complexity are more typical of American Foursquare design. The frieze and belly band wrap the house, accentuating the foursquare qualities ofthe design.

This house was built in 1904, according to the King County Property Record Card; however, the
King County GIS Center Property Report gives the date of construction as 1906.

Detail for 827 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501920 / 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, Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 827 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254501920 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 24, 2007
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