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Summary for 818 19TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502415 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This is an example of American Foursquare architecture with design elements suggestive of a number of late 19th and early 20th Century styles. The structure exhibits a fairly high degree of 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 Lafayette Judkins when the structure was surveyed by the Assessor's office in 1937. Aloysius A. Bentler and his wife acquired the property in 1941. In 2007, the current owners, William and Kathleen Wahl, reported to the surveyor that they have been in the house since 1984; the Assessor's record indicate they purchased the property from Patricia A. Clemen in 1985.


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 clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The projecting front porch appears to be built on a post and beam foundation.

The rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with moderate overhangs, open soffits, and exposed rafter tails.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with late Queen Anne and early Craftsman design. The upper sashes of many of the windows feature a central diamond shaped light surrounded by four five sided lights that are essentially rectangles with one corner clipped. The exposed rafter tails are a design element indicative of Craftsman sensibilities. The low slope hip roofs of the two story house and the single story projecting front porch, and the large, built-up wood porch piers are typical of Prairie design. The large carved wood brackets at the tops of the porch piers give the structure a slight Spanish flavor.

This house was built in 1905 and today looks much as it did when photographed by the Assessor's office in 1937. The entry door appears to have been replaced at some point, and several windows at the north elevation have been altered.

Detail for 818 19TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502415 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): 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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 818 19TH AVE / Parcel ID 2254502415 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 25, 2007
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