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Summary for 208 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 3037200031 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1900
This is a fairly typical example of American Foursquare architecture exhibiting a faily high degree of integrity despite some minor changes to the windows and cladding.

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; however, Alice Shown (or Shonn) apparently owned the property in 1938. Roy Clewis and his wife appear to have purchased the property in 1961. Mark L. Cloud acquired the property from Carrie L. Clewis in 1996. Cloud and his wife sold the property to the current owners in 2001.


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 brick foundation, over a half  basement. The porches appear to be built on a post and beam foundations.

The more or less rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with a front facing gabled dormer, very moderate overhangs, and enclosed soffits. The projecting, single story porches and bays all appear to have hip roofs as well.

The windows and doors are characterized by shapes and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design, but the regular fenestration pattern and facade organization, and the use of projecting single story porches, is typical of American Foursquare architecture.

This house was built in 1900 and appears much as it did when surveyed by the Assessor in 1937. A projecting side porch appears to have been added at the back end of the north elevation at some point since 1937. An arbor and complex side rails have replaced the simple pipe rails either side of the concrete steps leading up from the sidewalk to the front yard. The original corbeled chimney has been simplified.

Some windows have been replaced in their original openings. In at least one case, the original window has been removed and the opening altered to accommodate a smaller window. The entry door appears to have been replaced, though the new door is half glazed and thus maintains the character of the original.

The serrated bargeboards that once adorned the front facing dormer have been replaced with narrower and simpler barge board. Gutters have been removed from the hip roofed porch cover and front facing bay. The original cladding has been modified with the addition of corner boards; some of the existing siding may have been replaced in kind. Some former windows have been removed and the openings filled with a new sheet siding material.

Detail for 208 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 3037200031 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Brick, 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 Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 208 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 3037200031 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 29, 2007
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