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Summary for 824 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502095 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Prairie Style, Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This is a somewhat unusual combination of an early bungalow plan with late Queen Anne detailing. The structure’s design integrity has been compromised by significant alterations to the 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 house appears to have been owned by Isabelle Gross when it 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 one-and-a-half story, clapboard clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a three-quarter basement. The porch appears to be built on a concrete block foundation; however, the porch has been significantly altered and this block foundation is not original.

The rectangular structure is capped by a hip roof with moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits. Hip roofed dormers are visible at the north, west, and south elevations. The long rectangular footprint suggests a bungalow plan; however, the original detailing was of a style more often associated with
Queen Anne - Free Classic work. The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne (or early Arts & Crafts bungalow) design. Unfortunately, much of the Queen Anne - Free Classic detailing, especially at the porch, has been removed or simplified.

This house was built in 1905; however, the King County Property Record Card indicates that the structure was raised and a new basement installed at some point after initial construction but prior to 1937. The attic may have been refinished more recently.

The front porch has been extensively modified. The original concrete foundation has been replaced with concrete block. The original solid, clapboard-clad railings, and the Tuscan columns that originally supported the flat porch roof have been replaced with metal railings and built-up metal supports. The porch entablature has been partially removed, and the surface trim has bee simplified. The entry stairs have been rebuilt. More recently, some wood decorative elements have been added to give the metal porch railings and porch roof supports a "spindlework" appearance.

Detail for 824 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502095 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Block, Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves, Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 824 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502095 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 24, 2007
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