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Summary for 1408 21ST AVE / Parcel ID 7228500999 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare, Queen Anne - Free Classic, Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This is a an example of Queen Anne -- Free Classic detailing applied to a vernacular foursquare form utilizing one of the national folk housing typologies popular throughout the country in the last half of the nineteenth century. The structure’s integrity has been compromised by the addition of an awkward bay at the south elevation and the replacement of several windows.

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. The structure is located in a portion of the Central Area also known as the East Madison district.

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 19, 2008)

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

This is a two-and-a-half story, clapboard clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation scored to resemble stone or block, over a full basement. The King County Property Record Card suggests that portions of the structure are built on a post and pier foundation.

The rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with moderate overhangs and enclosed soffits. A prominent hip roof dormer faces the street. The porch is capped by a hip roof, as are several of the bays. A new bay at the south elevation has a shed roof, as does a projecting, single story element at the back of the house.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne design. the built-up, three-quarter height Tuscan piers at the entry porch, the porch entablature, and the deep frieze at the base of the main roof are Free Classic elements.

This house was built in 1905 according to both the King County Property Record Card and the King County GIS Center Property Report.

There appears to be an early shed roofed addition at the rear. A large, awkwardly roofed, second story bay has been added near the front of the house at the south elevation. Several of the windows appear to have been replaced with aluminum units. The siding may have been refurbished.

Detail for 1408 21ST AVE / Parcel ID 7228500999 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1408 21ST AVE / Parcel ID 7228500999 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jun 11, 2008
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