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Summary for 2629 E VALLEY ST E / Parcel ID 5015001335 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne, Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1901
This is a very simple, perhaps vernacular version of late Queen Anne design built on a bungalow footprint. The structure exhibits a high degree of design integrity despite the replacement of some windows, the addition of storm windows at some openings, and some alterations to the basement.

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 history, and a complete record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property; however, this house appears to have been owned by Charles Randall and his wife from about 1933 until at least 1937. The property was purchased by Robert E. Case in 1942, and then by Arthur Williams in 1955. The current owner acquired the property in from Gail I. Sherman in 1992.


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

The rectangular plan is capped by a clipped gable roof with very moderate overhangs, and enclosed soffits. The clipped gable roof over the projecting front porch is supported by two built up Tuscan piers.
The windows and doors are placed individually rather than being ganged together, as is typical of Craftsman and Prairie style buildings, and openings feature details commonly associated with both Queen Anne work and the early 20th century styles. The main floor and attic windows are double-hung; the two main level windows facing the street are of the cottage type. The simple, moderately sloped roof and the long rectangular footprint of the structure are typical of bungalow typology.

This house was built in 1901. According to the King County Property Record Card, it was remodeled in 1932.

There appears to be an early addition at the back of the structure, and the basement appears to have been remodeled. Some of the original wood windows appear to have been replaced with aluminum units; aluminum storm windows appear to have been added to others.  The soffits appear to have been replaced. Some clapboard siding has appeared at basement level.

This house is situated in the portion of the Central Area that extends north of Madison between 23rd Avenue East and Washington Park Arboretum, as the boundaries of the neighborhood are delineated by Folke Nyberg and Victor Steinbrueck in “Central Area: An Inventory of Buildings and Urban Design Resources” (Seattle: Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority, 1975). However, this part of the Central Area is also sometimes called East Capitol Hill, Miller Park, or Madison-Miller.

Detail for 2629 E VALLEY ST E / Parcel ID 5015001335 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 2629 E VALLEY ST E / Parcel ID 5015001335 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 22, 2008
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