Home Page
Link to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods home page

Seattle Historical Sites

New Search

Summary for 406 29TH AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Shingle Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1904
This is a fairly good example of simple Shingle style architecture. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by alterations to the window bays at the main level, and modifications at the entry porch and entry stairway.

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 A. W. Ream in 1939. Juanita R. O’Connor had at least a part interest in the property prior to 1995. Anthony Hale and Elizabeth Case bought the house through Stephen Fink in 1996. Scott and Larisa Benson purchased the house later that year. The current owners, Robin van Steenburgh, acquired the property in 2005.


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

The rectangular plan, inelegantly extended by a less than full width porch appended at the rear, is capped by a gable/gable-on-hip roof with enclosed soffits. The roof overhang is fairly deep at the base of the main roof. The overhang at the hip roofed dormer is significantly shallower, and there is no overhang at all at the front facing gable

The relatively steep pitch of the main roof combined with the comparatively lower slope of the dormer roof, the extensive and uninterrupted shingle cladding at the upper level (incorporating decorative shingles and a wavy wall surface at the peak of the front facing gable), the lack of any overhang at the front facing gable, and its distinctive gable-on-hip form, are all design elements associated with the Shingle style variant of the Queen Anne style. The other characteristics of the structure are more representative of the Queen Anne style generally and include the use of singly placed rather than ganged windows at the first floor level, the use of window bays at the first floor level, and the use of a half-glazed entry door.

This house was built in 1904. According to the King County Property Record Card, the house was remodeled in 1927, although the extent of the work undertaken at that time is not indicated.

The original window bays were removed and replaced by large windows in the mid 1960s. Although the window bays have since been replaced, the new bays differ from the original bays in several respects. Their appearance has been altered by the failure to replace the original, centrally located, cottage type windows (each featuring a “double house” muntin pattern in the upper sash). Larger fixed windows have been used instead. The rest of the windows appear to have remained unaltered. The wood casing system has been altered at the window bays to gang the window components of the bay together. The original clapboard cladding at the bays has been replaced by a wood panel and rail system. Solid, clapboard clad, railings have been added either side of the entry stairway. The stout Tuscan column which once stood on the original solid porch rail at the outside corner of the inset porch has been replaced with a built-up wood pier more typical of the Craftsman style than of Queen Anne work.

Detail for 406 29TH AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard, Wood - T1-11 Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip 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: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 406 29TH AVE / Parcel ID / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 24, 2008
App v2.0.1.0