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Summary for 983 21ST AVE / Parcel ID 7228501375 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1893
This is an example of vernacular American Foursquare architecture with some Queen Anne detailing. The structure’s integrity has been somewhat compromised by back side additions and alterations to the entry porch.

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

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne architecture. However, the structure appears to be essentially a vernacular foursquare design with projecting elements at the front and back of the house.

This house was built in 1893 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). According to the King County Property Record Card, the house was remodeled prior to 1937; however, the extent of the work undertaken and the date of the work is not indicated.

There appears to be an early addition at the back of the structure and it appears that at least one of the side elevations has been altered. A few of the windows appear to have been replaced in kind; a few have been replaced with vinyl units. The decorative rooftop balustrade at the hip roof over the projecting entry porch was removed at some point after 1937. The original wood baluster porch railing appears to have been removed and replaced with a wood baluster railing of late twentieth century design.

Detail for 983 21ST AVE / Parcel ID 7228501375 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Vertical - Boards, Wood, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip 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: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

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