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Summary for 312 Lee ST / Parcel ID 609600-0335 / Inv #

Historic Name: Butterworth, Frederick & Anna, House Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1906
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This home was built in 1906 for Fred Ray Butterworth, manager of the Butterworth Mortuary. The architect and builder are not known. Fred Butterworth moved to Seattle from Kansas in 1891 to assist his father, Edgar R. Butterworth, with his new mortuary business. At the time of his death in 1929, Fred was the manager of the company, which still exists today as Butterworth Arthur A. Wright Funeral Home, at Queen Anne's Mount Pleasant Cemetery. His widow Anna remained in the house until 1960, having lived here for more than fifty years. Later owners included Iva E. Blaine (1964), Johnathan Farwell (1960s), an actor with the Seattle Repertory Theater, and Arne Zaslove (1970s-80s), artistic directory of the Bathhouse Theater. The large bay window was added shortly after construction, in 1909. A small addition was made in 1930. In 1990, a compatible addition on the second story rear was built and the roof deck added to the detached garage; some of the front windows have been modernized as well.
This house is basically an American Foursquare or Classic Box in form, with a large five-sided front bay. Cladding is clapboard on the first story, with shingles above and a wide belt course separating the two materials. The window bay has a deep flat roof with modillions. The porch on top has a simple wood balustrade and a pair of French doors. The three windows in the front of the bay have been replaced, while the other two are the original six-over-one sash. The house has a hipped roof with deep eaves and brackets. The front elevation (south) has a shallow hipped dormer with two windows with leaded glass in a lozenge pattern. The first floor has two narrow six-over-one double-hung windows next to the bay. Windows on the second floor and elsewhere are one-over-one double-hung sash. The house sits high above the street, and a detached garage of historic concrete block, with a rooftop deck and wood balustrade, has been built into the hillside in front; this pre-dates the 1938 Tax Assessor's photo, although the doors have been replaced. .

Detail for 312 Lee ST / Parcel ID 609600-0335 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): 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, Arts, Commerce
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
"Fred Ray Butterworth." Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 8, 1929.

Photo collection for 312 Lee ST / Parcel ID 609600-0335 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 09, 2003
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