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Summary for 817 30TH AVE / Parcel ID 3814400050 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1904
This is a typical example of late, small scale Queen Anne architecture, with a fairly high degree of integrity despite some modifications to the fenestration and some minor alterations to the 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.

The houses at 817, 821 and 825 30th Avenue appear to have been built as a group by a single contractor and appear to have been built on similar floor plans. The houses are situated in a plat known as Kelsey's 1st Addition, located at the northeast corner of Henry Yesler's donation land claim.

A complete permit history, and a complete record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property; however, the house appears to have been owned by Otto Maki when it was surveyed by the Assessor in 1937.  The current owner, Alvin Horton, apparently purchased the house in 1970.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed August 18, 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 half basement. The rectangular plan is capped by a gable roof with moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design. The relatively steep roof and pent enclosed gables are also typical of that style. The simple-built up friezes below the pents and at the overhangs in the gables,
and the Tuscan column at the outside corner of the recessed front porch, are Free Classic design elements.

This house was built in 1904. The back (west) end may have been subject to some minor modifications. The original single, tall, double-hung window in the front gable has been replaced with a ganged pair of wood double-hung windows, and a gable vent has been added. It also appears a new window has been added at the south elevation. There is evidence of some patching of the siding at the south elevation. The stairs at the front porch appear to have been replaced.

Detail for 817 30TH AVE / Parcel ID 3814400050 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
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: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 817 30TH AVE / Parcel ID 3814400050 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 18, 2008
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