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Summary for 1620 E PROSPECT ST E / Parcel ID 1337800505 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Bucklin, Edgar H., House Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1908
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 grand Foursquare was built in 1908 for Dr. David Burkhart, a dentist who lived here for only a few years. He sold it to Edgar Bucklin, who was in the lumber business with C. L. Roy, who lived across the street. The George Rourke purchased the house in 1992; the Rourke family owned the house until it was sold in 1993 by his daughter Margaret Rourke. The house combines a Foursquare form with Colonial Revival and Classical detailing and a Queen Anne-style veranda. This house was also designed by F. A. Sexton, who designed the Roy house. Sexton was born and educated in England and practiced in Tacoma and Everett before coming to Seattle in 1901. He designed many commercial and public buildings including schools and libraries, as well as a number of houses including the Parker-Fersen House, a city landmark. This block is within the original Capitol Hill of James A. Moore, who gave the area its name. In 1900 Moore, who had already developed other Seattle neighborhoods, purchased and began platting 160 acres, roughly between 11th and 20th avenues, from Roy Street north to Galer. Before selling lots for construction, he graded and paved the streets (eliminating the dust that plagued many sections), installed sidewalks, water mains and sewer lines, and planned for street lights and telephone poles. Lots went on sale in 1901, heavily promoted to attract local business leaders as residents. The response was immediate. The quality infrastructure, convenient transportation, schools and other amenities proved to be very popular and the area was largely developed, with sizable, attractive houses, within only a few years.
This elegant house has a hipped roof with a gabled dormer in front and hipped dormers on the sides. The roof has deep bracketed eaves, with an elaborate swag-and-wreath garland in the frieze below the cornice. A porch with Ionic columns and a turned balustrade wraps around the front and east sides; this originally had a balustrade at the second floor level, which has been removed. Cladding is clapboard, with Ionic pilasters at the corners. First floor windows, including the sidelights have elaborate beveled leaded glass in the upper sashes. Above the entry, orignally opening onto the porch, is a door with leaded sidelights and a fanlight. Other second floor windows are one-over-one double-hung sash. The front dormer has a Palladian window with a small round window above it. One addition was made prior to 1938, a small enclosed porch on both levels of the east elevation.

Detail for 1620 E PROSPECT ST E / Parcel ID 1337800505 / Inv # 0

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 Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Woodbridge, Sally and Roger Montgomery. A Guide to Architecture in Washington State. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980.
Calvert, Frank. Homes and Gardens of the Pacific Coast. Vol. 1, Seattle. Beaux Arts Village: Beaux Arts Society Publishers, 1913.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
Swope, Caroline T. Classic Houses of Seattle: High Style to Vernacular 1870-1950. Portland OR: Timber Press, 1905.
Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority. "Capitol Hill: An Inventory of Buildings and Urban Design Resources."

Photo collection for 1620 E PROSPECT ST E / Parcel ID 1337800505 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Dec 13, 2006

Photo taken Dec 05, 2006
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