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Summary for 2403 7th AVE / Parcel ID 940580-0005 / Inv #

Historic Name: Duffy, Walter & Frances, House Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1905
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 large house is an American Foursquare or Classic Box, one of the most popular house forms built in Seattle from 1900 to 1910, a period which saw a tripling of the city’s population. It was built in 1907, and may have been based on pattern book design, as such styles were commonly found in such books as the Western Home Builder by Seattle architect Victor Voorhees. This house is generally similar to its neighbor to the north (2407-7th Avenue West), demonstrating how owners and builders could adapt basic designs by varying the elements and ornament. The builder and original owner of this house are not known. The first identified owner was Virginia Wilman, who purchased it in 1926. By the mid-1940s it was owned by Walter Duffy, a music teacher, and his wife Frances, who remained here into the 1970s.
This Foursquare has the typical hipped-roof form with a hipped dormer on the front. It has deep boxed eaves with curved brackets. The projecting porch is on the north side of the main (east) façade with broad concrete stairs, a hipped roof, two fluted square columns and pilasters and a clapboard balustrade. To the south of the porch is a single large window with a leaded upper section; a similar but smaller window is on the porch. The second floor has four projecting bays, one on each corner. This feature is often found in Seattle Box houses, but usually only on the front. Each bay has six groups of curved brackets and two large 20-over-one leaded windows. Between them is an ornate oriel window with three leaded windows and curved brackets below. The dormer has two small windows. The south elevation has a hip roofed square bay with brackets. Cladding is narrow clapboard with shingles on the upper portion; a wide belt course separates the two materials. A narrower course runs below the first floor windows. Windows elsewhere are one-over-one double-hung sash or have lozenge-patterned glass. There is a small rear porch with French doors, and a side entry on the north.

Detail for 2403 7th AVE / Parcel ID 940580-0005 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): 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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 2403 7th AVE / Parcel ID 940580-0005 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 29, 2003
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