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Summary for 3917 E OLIVE ST E / Parcel ID 5026900185 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Shingle, Tudor Neighborhood: Madrona
Built By: Year Built: 1904
This is a good example of the Shingle style that, while incorporating many elements of contemporaneous Queen Anne architecture, also anticipates the development of Tudor revival work in the 1920s. The structure exhibits a high degree of design integrity despite the possibility of some limited remodeling at the south end.

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, the structure appears to have been owned by Arthur H. Gray from about 1916 to at least 1937.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed August 18, 2008)

King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972) Washington State Archives

This is a two story, shingle and stucco  clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a full basement. The stucco is integrated with wood trim in the gables to result in decorative half timbering.

The somewhat irregular plan is capped by a hipped main roof with cross gables
and a variety of small simple and flared shed roofs at  projecting elements, all having moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits. The large entry porch is surmounted by a flat deck with a heavy but open parapet railing.

The hip roof with cross gables is a defining feature of Queen Anne work. The large cut-away window bay at the west elevation is also a typical Queen Anne element. In general, the windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with the Shingle style, although the multi-pane casement windows, particularly those at the west elevation, give the structure a distinctive Tudor flavor that is accentuated
by the half timbering in the gables. The extensive use of shingles as cladding for the
relatively uninterrupted wall surfaces and some of the associated structural elements is the signature characteristic of the Shingle style.

The house was built in 1904. The King County Property Record Card indicates that the structure was remodeled in 1917, although the character and extent of the modifications made at that time are not recorded.

The south end of the structure may have been modified and it appears the garage may be an addition. The entry door may have been replaced.

Detail for 3917 E OLIVE ST E / Parcel ID 5026900185 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
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Photo collection for 3917 E OLIVE ST E / Parcel ID 5026900185 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 25, 2008

Photo taken May 25, 2008
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