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Summary for 1204 Federal AVE / Parcel ID 6762700680 / Inv #

Historic Name: Bentley-Scheetz House Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Federal Revival Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1914
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 1913-14 by Joseph Coté for Dr. Frederick Bentley. James Frank of the National Grocery Company and his wife Dorothy purchased the house in 1936. In 1962 it was purchased by Elizabeth Scheetz, whose family still owns it today. The house is a good example of the traditional Federal Revival style, with a double garage added. Joseph S. Coté (1874-?) came to Seattle in 1904 with W. Marbury Somervell to assist in construction supervision for St. James Cathedral, for the New York firm Heins and LaFarge. Originally from Quebec, Coté studied architecture at Columbia University. He and Somervell were partners from 1906 until 1910, when the firm completed notable works including three libraries (Green Lake, West Seattle, and University, 1908-1910) and Providence Hospital (1907-1912). He was the principal designer of the Perry Apartments on First Hill (destroyed), the original Swedish Hospital building (destroyed) and the Sunset Club (1914-15). He returned to Seattle following World War I service, and continued his architectural practice, primarily doing residential commissions.
This house exhibits the major characteristics of the Federal Revival style, with a side gable roof with three gabled dormers, red brick cladding and a symmetrical façade with a chimney at each end. The major feature is the entry, with the door surrounded by a fanlight and sidelights, and a gabled portico supported by two pairs of fluted columns. Above is a Palladian window flanked by small round windows. The central bay is flanked by two windows on each story. Those on the first story are 6-over-9, with wood paneling below and topped with jack arches with keystones. Smaller 6-over-6 windows on the second floor have window boxes below them; they also have black shutters, as do those on the first floor. The dormers have round arched windows. The east end has a one-story enclosed porch of wood with a balustraded deck on top; this appears to have once been a glassed-in porch that has been made more enclosed. At the opposite end is a two-car garage with two gabled dormers, with lattice above the garage doors. The rear of the house has three flat-roofed dormers toward the center and, on the first floor, a three-sided bay and groups of large multipaned windows. The center of the second story has a large bank of multipaned windows.

Detail for 1204 Federal AVE / Parcel ID 6762700680 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick 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 Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Woodbridge, Sally and Roger Montgomery. A Guide to Architecture in Washington State. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980.
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, Microfilm Records.
Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority. "Capitol Hill: An Inventory of Buildings and Urban Design Resources."

Photo collection for 1204 Federal AVE / Parcel ID 6762700680 / Inv #

Photo taken Jan 11, 2006

Photo taken Jan 11, 2006
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