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Summary for 1323 3rd AVE / Parcel ID 173180-0960 / Inv #

Historic Name: Plumer, Frank & Eleanor, House Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne, Vernacular Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1901
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 house was designed in 1901 by the architectural partnership of Charles L. Thompson and his son, C. Bennett Thompson. The elder Thompson arrived in Seattle in 1899 after practicing in New Jersey, Kansas and Utah. They designed numerous residences and commercial buildings, including several in the International District such as the Moses Building and the Goon Dip Block. The home’s original owner was Charles G. Austin, an attorney. Later owners included Frank and Eleanor Plumer, who purchased the house in 1928; Mrs. Plumer remained here after her husband’s death, until the 1950s. The house strongly resembles the 1938 photo, although the porch has been expanded, with a room beneath it; this may have been done in 1925. Permit records show that the basement was added shortly after construction, in 1903. The porch railing has also been changed, but is compatible in style.
This vernacular house shows the influence of the Queen Anne style in its varied cladding materials, broad veranda and complex roofline. It has a gable-front-and-wing form with two stories and a daylight basement. A large flat-roofed porch or veranda fills the northeast corner, extending halfway along the north elevation; the porch rail is clapboard with a simple wood handrail on the stairs. The south end of the porch has multipaned glass for weather protection. Below this is a window and an entry to a second unit; a wide wood belt course runs above these. The first floor is cut away at the corners so that the second story projects slightly. The primary window on the first floor is a large fixed pane with a lattice transom, flanked by one-over-one double-hung windows. The north and south elevations each have a three-sided bay with similar windows. A gabled bay, nested into the primary gable, projects above the three-sided bay; this upper bay has a pair of one-over-one windows. Windows elsewhere are one-over-one double-hung sash, arranged singly or in pairs; all have wide wood surrounds with cornices.

Detail for 1323 3rd AVE / Parcel ID 173180-0960 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: 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.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Photo collection for 1323 3rd AVE / Parcel ID 173180-0960 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 16, 2004
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