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Summary for 919 N 36TH ST N / Parcel ID 1972202315 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Greene-Stone House Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Fremont
Built By: Year Built: 1893
This is a distinctive, however modest and slightly altered, example of late Queen Anne design. This house appears to have been originally constructed prior to 1895 and possibly by 1893. It is located in the replatted Denny & Hoyt’s Addition, one of the earliest platted and developed residential areas in Fremont. Edward Blewett was a wealthy businessman from Fremont, Nebraska who decided to invest in undeveloped land at the northwest corner of Lake Union. On March 20, 1888, Blewett and his wife Carrie purchased the town site for $55,000 under a mortgage held by John P. Hoyt. With the help of their agent, Luther H. Griffith (also of Fremont, Nebraska) and their attorney Edward C. Kilbourne, the Blewetts prepared a plat for the area. This plat, known as Denny & Hoyt's Addition, was approved by King County on May 8, 1888. According to King County property tax assessment rolls, by 1895 this land parcel was improved with a residence valued at $250.00. The property was owned by W.E. Greene, who paid also the taxes. William E. Greene is known to have been a gardener residing in Fremont as early as 1892. By 1897, Polk’s Seattle City Directory indicates that he was boarding with Mary E. and Sewell P. Stone at this address (919 N 36th). It is unclear what the relationship between Mary E. & Sewell P. Stone and William E. Greene was, as both Greene and Mary Stone are each identified as the ‘owner’ of the property in various public records. The Stone family clearly resided here for several years and also owned the adjacent Lot 5 where they had a residence built in 1904. Sewell P. Stone does not appear to have been related to Corliss P. Stone, who was instrumental in the platting and residential development of much of the north shore of Lake Union. Sewell P. Stone worked as a ‘tallyman’ or lumber inspector – presumably at the nearby Fremont Milling Company. On April 16, 1904 [the same day that the permit was issued for the new house on the adjacent Lot 5] permit #26811 was issued to Mrs. S.P. Stone for the construction of a “1 ½ story frame addition 12 x 22 - brick piers.” The estimated construction cost for the addition was $400.00. The addition appears to have been made to the rear of the house; however this has not been confirmed. Mary E. Stone paid the taxes in 1905 at which time the improvement was valued at $600.00. It is not known how long the property remained in the ownership of W.E. Greene or the S.P. Stone family. By 1905, S.P. and Mary E. Stone were no longer residing at 919 N. 36th St.; by then they had moved with their two sons to 1642 N. 51st St. in Ballard. The house was subsequently purchased by Arthur L. Clough – a streetcar motorman - whose family appears to have resided there from c.1919 until c.1942. King County property tax records indicate that the house was remodeled sometime prior to 1937; the extent of that work (possibly interior) has not been identified.
Located mid-block toward the west end of the block with front elevation oriented to the north. Prominent one and one-half story, wood-frame, single family residence. Late Queen Anne with unusual asymmetrical front-gable form. Front-gable core of the house measures approx. 18’ feet wide. A cross gable wing at the center of the house measures approximately 28’ x 28’ w/ a projecting rear wing at the south side measuring approx.12’ x 22 ft. Concrete foundation and basement level. Original narrow horizontal siding (and or cedar shingles) with corner boards had been replaced by large cedar shakes. Original or matching diamond pattern shingles appear to remain in place at upper gable end. Original double-hung wooden windows appear to remain in place including a cottage window with ornate diamond pattern upper sash at the first floor façade and an older 2/2 sash at the north facing east side of the central wing. Prominent projecting porch distinguished by pedimented gable roof form with diamond pattern shingles in place. Original slender carpenter Doric wood columns have been replaced by milled lumber posts. Historic glazed upper panel door may remain in place.

Detail for 919 N 36TH ST N / Parcel ID 1972202315 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Other Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References
U.S. Census Records (1880-1920)
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessment Rolls, Washington State Archives.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 919 N 36TH ST N / Parcel ID 1972202315 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 26, 2009
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