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Summary for 916 E JOHN ST E / Parcel ID 600350-1330 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: unknown Common Name: Queen Sheba
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1900

A commercial storefront was added to this house in 1937.  This vicinity near Broadway was one of the first sections of Capitol Hill to develop.  It was platted by David T. Denny, the trustee for the estate of John Nagle, who filed the donation claim for the area.  In 1891 a streetcar line was extended from James Street, running north on Broadway (one block east of this site) to the city limits at E. Lynn Street, with direct service to downtown added on Pike Street in 1901.  This house was built about the same time as the 1903 completion of Seattle (later Broadway) High School, the city’s first modern high school.  It was located nearby at the corner of Broadway and E. Pine Street.  Students came from throughout Seattle and even from across Lake Washington to attend.  Broadway, already an important street, flourished with new businesses, especially those catering to students, such as sandwich shops. By 1910 the area was largely developed, with small commercial buildings, numerous apartment buildings and single family homes.  Further apartment and commercial development occurred in the 1920s, when the Broadway district boomed to become one of the city’s premier shopping venues.  The addition of a storefront to this single-family house illustrates the changing character of the area. 

This gable-front house is just east of Broadway on a mid-block lot.  It has been raised, with a storefront added below and a later flat-roofed addition made on the east elevation.  The windows have also been replaced, withlarge fixed-pane and one-over-one windows on the second story.  The second-story porch has been enclosed and some of the original clapboard has been replacied with vertical board siding.   

Detail for 916 E JOHN ST E / Parcel ID 600350-1330 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Vertical - Boards, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat, Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Commerce
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 916 E JOHN ST E / Parcel ID 600350-1330 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jul 11, 2010
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