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Summary for 501 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173280-0295 / Inv #

Historic Name: Emmanuel, Samuel, House Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Georgian Revival Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1904
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 turn-of-the-century house is one of the Queen Anne’s older examples of the Georgian Revival style, which became very popular during the 1920s. It was built in 1904, for Harry Clise, an attorney from one of Seattle’s most prominent land-owning families. Clise evidently lived there only a few years. The next identified owner (1931-1940) was John Rumsey, Jr., president of Rumsey & Company, general contractors. His firm completed work on many major highway projects, including the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the Mercer Slough bridge and portions of I-5. In 1940 the Rumseys moved down the street to the Kerry house at 421 West Highland Drive. Later owners included Sherman and Emily Bushnell (1940s-50s), owner of Refrigerator Engineering Company, and Curt & Joan Kremer (1955-58). The owner with the longest tenure has been Samuel J. Emmanuel, owner of a real estate company, who lived here from 1958 until 1999. The house was remodeled in 1931; this may have been construction of the two-car garage. A concrete roof was added to the garage in 1961, and interior alterations to the second floor were made in 1962.
This is a good example of the Georgian Revival style, with a hipped roof and red brick cladding. There is a hipped dormer on the east and west elevations and a gabled dormer in the center of the assymetrical main façade. The gabled entry portico has two pairs of square fluted columns. To the west of the portico is an arched oriel bay with three windows with leaded beveled glass in an elaborate floral pattern; the bay is trimmed with dentils and rests on a brick corbel. To the west of this are three six-light casement windows, with a large casement windows above. The east end of the main façade has a plain glass door with flanking windows that open to a small terrace concealed behind shrubs. Above is a one-over-one double-hung window. Most windows elsewhere are one-over-one double-hung sash, arranged singly or in pairs. The gable has a pair of casement windows. On the southeast side is a garage and deck, slightly below the level of the house.

Detail for 501 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173280-0295 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Stone
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.
"John Rumsey, 82, Contractor," Seattle Times, May 5, 1966.

Photo collection for 501 W Highland DR W / Parcel ID 173280-0295 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 14, 2003
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