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Summary for 815 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 7128300065 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Shingle Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1896
This is an example of the Shingle style applied to a relatively simple form. The structure exhibits fairly good integrity despite the replacement of several windows and the modifications underway when the house was surveyed in 2008.

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 Seattleā€™s Central Area, Eastlake, First Hill, Leschi, Madison Park, Madrona, and North Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

This structure was surveyed for the City by Marilyn Sullivan in 1992 (see separate database entry).

A complete permit history, and a complete record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property.


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

The rectangular plan is capped by a gambrel roof with moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits.

The windows and doors were originally characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design and the Shingle style. Several of the windows have been replaced by simpler units of more ambiguous association.

This house was built in 1896 according to the King County Property Record Card (the King County GIS Center Property Report indicates that the structure was built in 1900; however, the database from which this information is drawn cannot record a construction date earlier than 1900).

The large shed roofed structure at the rear of the house is original or an early addition. Several of the windows have been replaced and the distinctive banded Queen Anne style units at the front of the house were in the process of being replaced or altered when the house was surveyed in 2008. The siding has been slightly modified to accommodate detail changes; the chimney has been altered but retains most of its original character.

Detail for 815 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 7128300065 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 815 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 7128300065 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jun 02, 2008
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