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Summary for 1953 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 871210-0695 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Dykes Residence Common Name: 46 Arkans Residence
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Montlake
Built By: Year Built: 1911
This residence is a good and intact example of the Craftsman style. Built in 1911, it is associated with early developmental era in the Montlake neighborhood. It remains remarkably intact and is a contributing resource to the Montlake NRHP Historic District. The first known owner, in 1928, was Robert K. Dykes, a clerk for Dexter Horton National Bank. From the 1930s through at least the 1950s, it was owned by Elvind Lange, a Facility Manager for Northwestern Furniture Sales Co., and his wife, Frances.

Montlake is generally described as extending from the Washington Park Arboretum west to Portage Bay/15th Avenue E., and from the Montlake Cut on the north to Interlaken Park. The area is a significant and cohesive collection of residential architecture typical of early 20th century Seattle and is eligible as a NRHP historic district under Criterion C.  Construction occurred primarily between 1910 and 1940, with a variety of Craftsman and revival styles ranging from modest cottages and builder's houses to high-style architect-designed residences, impressive institutional buildings, and notable parks and natural features.  There are few intrusions of newer buildings.  In the early 1960s, construction of SR 520 and the unfinished R.H. Thomson Expressway bisected Montlake, but the neighborhood retains its basic integrity as a pre-World War II Seattle neighborhood.  

Montlake was incorporated into the City of Seattle in 1891.  Although the first plats (Union City 1st and 2nd additions) were filed by Harvey Pike in 1869-1871, development did not really begin until plats were filed by John Boyer (Interlaken, 1905) and H. S. Turner (1907). Montlake Park (north of SR 520) was platted in 1909 by the developers James Corner and Calvin and William Hagan.  With the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition came a streetcar line on 24th Avenue E. and an impetus for development. In 1916, the Lake Washington Ship Canal was completed and the Montlake Bridge linked the neighborhood to the university area in 1925. A small commercial district grew along the car line.

The 1903 Olmsted Parks and Boulevards Plan of 1903 surrounded Montlake with parks.  Montlake Boulevard (then call University Boulevard) connected Lake Washington Boulevard to the A-Y-P grounds.  Washington Park, the eastern boundary, was acquired by the City in 1900 and developed as an arboretum in 1936-41. At the southern edge is steep, forested Interlaken Park and boulevard.

By 1915, the neighborhood had developed enough to require a temporary school building; the permanent structure opened in 1924.Soon afterwards came a playfield and shelter house (1933-36) and a library (1944, replaced 2006). Other noteworthy structures include the Seattle Yacht Club (1920), the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Center (1931), and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (1962).

Major Bibliographic References:

King County Tax Assessor Records, 1937-2014.  

Becker, Paula.  Seattle Neighborhoods: Montlake--Thumbnail History.  HistoryLink File # 10170, accessed 12/2/2013.

Gould, James W. Montlake History.

Smith, Eugene. Montlake: An Urban Eden, A History of the Montlake Community in Seattle. La Grande OR: Oak Street Press, 2004.

This 2-story Craftsman-style residence has a gable front roof form and clapboard cladding. The roof has wide bargeboards and knee braces.  The house features a raised full-width covered porch with the overhang supported by square columns with a square wood balustrade between.  Porch steps are wood with square wood railings. The door has narrow Craftsman-style windows in the upper ½.  To the east of the door is a 3-part picture window with a 21/1 fixed center and 16/1 double-hung sides.  Windows on the 2nd floor are 18/1 double-hung with a 2/1 casement in the center.  Double-hung windows are typical on non-primary facades and all windows have wood sash and wide wood frames.  Above the 2nd floor windows is a decorative wood trim band.  The north facade has a gabled roof dormer, shed-roofed hanging box bay and a clinker brick chimney. The site is raised with shrubs and concrete steps and a 

Detail for 1953 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 871210-0695 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
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 Interior: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, database at --parcel locator

Photo collection for 1953 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 871210-0695 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Dec 31, 2014
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