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Summary for 1711 E MARION ST E / Parcel ID 2254502111 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare, American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This is an example of American Foursquare design with some Craftsman detailing applied to a duplex. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by alterations to the upper sashes of the windows in the front facade, enclosure of the inset porch, and the application of aluminum 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 structure appears to have been owned by David Parry from about 1927 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 two story, aluminum siding clad, wood frame duplex on a concrete foundation, over a full basement.

The rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with fairly deep overhangs and open soffits. The moderate roof slope and exposed rafter tails identify this as an early Craftsman version of American Foursquare design, although the wide, cottage style windows are more typical of late Queen Anne work. The Queen Anne character of the fenestration was more obvious before some of the upper sashes, featuring muntins in a woven curvilinear pattern, were replaced with similarly proportioned sashes with undivided lights.

The structure has functioned as a duplex since at least 1937 and appears to have been built for that use. It was erected in 1905. The windows were modified, the inset porch enclosed, and the aluminum cladding in the years after 1937.

Detail for 1711 E MARION ST E / Parcel ID 2254502111 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Metal - Aluminum Siding, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple 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 Plan: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1711 E MARION ST E / Parcel ID 2254502111 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007
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