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Summary for 1104 E FIR ST E / Parcel ID 219760-0592 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: SFR
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1905
This modest and highly altered single family residence, near the edge of the Squire Park section of the Central area, was built in 1905. It is typical of the working-class houses constructed in Seattle’s residential neighborhoods in the early 1900s. Seattle experienced a major population boom between 1900 and 1910 and residential neighborhoods rapidly developed along the city’s streetcar lines. 

The Yesler Way cable car line to Lake Washington opened in 1888 going to Lake Washington and by 1891, street car lines were running to South Seattle , Madison Park, Fremont , Phinney Ridge, Green Lake and Ballard. By the mid-1890s, houses were being built in Squire Park, as people took advantage of its proximity to downtown, its view properties available and its good transportation. After a brief recession following the Panic of 1893, the 1896 discovery of gold in the Klondike brought thousands of prospectors to Seattle to purchase supplies.  By 1896 a car line ran from downtown on James and Jefferson streets, connecting via Cherry Street to Madrona Beach . Other nearby lines ran on Broadway, Madison Street and Yesler Way. Much of the Central Area was predominantly Jewish before World War I, and numerous significant buildings from this period remain near Squire Park .  These include numerous former synagogues such as Congregation Bikur Cholim ( 17th Avenue and Yesler Way , now Langston Hughes Cultural Center ) and others. After World War II, most of the Jewish community moved outside the city and established new synagogues in Seward Park , Mercer Island and Bellevue . Also before World War II, a substantial Japanese community lived nearby and in Japantown several blocks to the southwest.  They owned many businesses near Yesler Way and had a number of important institutions, including the Japanese Language School ( 1414 S. Weller Street ) and the Seattle Buddhist Church ( 1427 S. Main Street ).  However, following their internment in World War II, relatively few Japanese returned to the area. Since the mid-20th century the Central Area has been particularly connected with the African-American community.


This one-and-a-half story side gable single family residence is rectangular in plan, of wood frame construction, and is built over a half-basement with basement level one-car garage. The primary cladding is asbestos shingles. The primary, south façade features a large shed-roof dormer with original paired double-hung wood-sash windows, a corner entry porch on the east end, and a large picture window on the west end above the garage door. There is a two-foot overhang of the upper half story over the first story on the east elevation only. Many of the original windows have been replaced.

Detail for 1104 E FIR ST E / Parcel ID 219760-0592 / Inv # 0

Status: No - Altered
Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos 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):
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
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Photo collection for 1104 E FIR ST E / Parcel ID 219760-0592 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 06, 2010
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