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Summary for 1743 S ANGELINE ST S / Parcel ID 0600000560 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1907

This house is significant due to its architectural style and intactness, as well as its occupancy history. The occupants’ professional association with businesses in the Rainier Valley reflects the valley’s historical role as a transportation and commercial corridor connecting the residential neighborhoods in South Seattle to Seattle’s industrial districts.

This residence is located in Beacon Hill, near Jefferson Park, and was constructed in 1907. From 1934 through 1938, Jesse R. Walker and his wife Marian lived in the house. Marian remained in the house after Jesse’s death until 1951. By 1953, Julius Alonzo, a Boeing mechanic, lived in the house with his wife, Emma. Emma remained in the house after Julius’ death until 1968. In 1969, Mrs. Margaret C. Anderson moved into the residence.

Substantial residential and commercial development in Beacon Hill occurred when a transportation corridor connecting the Rainier Valley to Downtown Seattle and Seattle’s industrial district was constructed along Rainier Avenue. Development in the valley was facilitated by logging during the 1880s, the operation of the Rainier Valley Electric Railway in the 1890s, and the Jackson and Dearborn Street re-grades in the 1900s. Milling was the primary commercial industry during the last part of the nineteenth century although some agricultural activity existed. As residential development increased, Rainier Avenue gradually became the principal commercial corridor connecting the residential neighborhoods of South Seattle to downtown, the International District, and Seattle’s industrial districts. World War II brought additional building growth related to the wartime industry, as well as the influx of defense workers to nearby Boeing and the Duwamish shipyards. 

Beacon Hill has historically been a more economically and socially diverse neighborhood than Mount Baker to its east. There was less enforcement of residential deed restrictions and a greater availability of smaller, more affordable housing. One of the first land owners of Beacon Hill was George Riley, an African American from Portland, Oregon. George Riley, organizer of the Workingmen’s Joint Stock Association in Portland, arranged the organization’s purchase of property on Beacon Hill, which was platted in 1871 as Riley’s Addition. Furthermore, the northern end of Rainier Valley, which was originally settled by German immigrants, acquired the historical nickname “Garlic Gulch” during the early twentieth century due to the growing strength and predominance of its Italian American community. 

Beacon Hill’s diverse beginnings were reinforced by its landscape features, including Jefferson Park located at the center of Beacon Hill. Originally named Beacon Hill Park, Jefferson Park has exerted a profoundly positive influence on the development and social cohesion of the Beacon Hill neighborhood through its sustained use by local residents. Originally acquired by the City of Seattle in 1898, it was integrated into Seattle’s Olmsted system of parks. In 1915, the first public golf course west of the Mississippi opened at Jefferson Park. From 1919 to 1941, the year before many Japanese Americans were interned in the Northwest, the Japanese-American Language School in Seattle used the park for its annual picnics. Japanese Golf Association held annual tournaments beginning in 1931. African Americans, Japanese Americans, and Chinese Americans organized golf clubs during the 1940s and 1950s because they were excluded from white clubs; they used Jefferson Park as their home course.

The Jefferson Park community center and golf course remains open to the public and the Beacon Hill neighborhood continues to be an ethnically diverse, working-class community. Its businesses and public spaces, including Jefferson Park and Dr. Jose Rizal Park, reinforce this diversity.

The rectangular lot for this single-family residence is located near the intersection of South Columbia Way and South Angeline Street and was originally plated for the Beacon Hill Garden Tracts. The Victorian Shingle–style influenced house was constructed in 1907 and faces north onto South Angeline Street. It is one-and-a-half stories with 1,400 square feet of living space, a square floor plan, and a balloon-framed superstructure. The gable-front roof has a pent roof course that divides the first and second stories. The open eaves overhang has exposed rafters, and the whole roof system is covered by asphalt composition shingles. A brick chimney punctuates the east slope of the roof. A partial-width recessed porch is supported by classical columns resting on the porch railings. The house is clad in wood shingles and retains its hung-sash windows, wood casings, mullions, and muntins. A bay window is located on the east elevation while the tripartite picture windows on the front elevation have two four-over-one hung-sash that flank a wide fourteen-over-one hung-sash window. Two small, square casement windows flank a pair of one-over-one hung-sash windows in the front gable end. This house retains its Shingle-style architectural features, including its scale, massing, roofline, cladding, windows, and porch. It continues to contribute to the architectural character of Beacon Hill and functions as a character defining house for the neighborhood. 

Detail for 1743 S ANGELINE ST S / Parcel ID 0600000560 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Unknown
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: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
Dorpat, Paul, “101 The Railroad Avenue Elevated,” Seattle, Now and Then, Seattle: Tartu Publications, 1984.
Bagley, Clarence B. History of Seattle, Washington. Chicago: S.J. Clarke, 1916.
Berner, Richard. Seattle 1921-1940: From Boom to Bust. Seattle: Charles Press, 1992.

Photo collection for 1743 S ANGELINE ST S / Parcel ID 0600000560 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010
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