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Summary for 168 Highland DR / Parcel ID 949470-0005 / Inv #

Historic Name: Roberts-Hartnagel House Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne - Shingle 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 is one of the oldest houses remaining on Highland Drive, dating to 1901. It was built for John W. Roberts, a partner in the law firm of Roberts & Leehey. The builder was John W. Stanchfield. Roberts remained here for some time, as he added a garage in 1914. It was evidently vacant for a period during the 1930s, when it was owned by Glenn Whitney. The next identified owners, in 1944, were Donald Martyn, a manager for the North American Insurance Company, and his wife Jean. In 1961the house was purchased by Louis N. Hartnagel, a laboratory technician at the Northwest Industrial Medical Clinic, and his wife Mary; their family still owns the house today. The house is notable for its age, its siting above Highland Drive and its prominent gambrel roof showing the influence of the Shingle style. It is one of the remainders of Queen Anne's original architectural heritage. However, the main elevation has been altered with picture windows replacing the original double-hung windows on the front, and the original rounded porch being removed.
This 2-½ story house is sited high above Highland Drive. The main (south) façade of this gambrel-roof house is clad with shingles, with narrow clapboard below the wide belt course that divides the first two floors. The entry is in a small recessed porch on the east end of the main façade; it is topped by a wide gabled pediment. The door is flanked by two small windows and a large picture window is to the west. The second floor has two more large windows. The third floor has a small curved projecting balcony with a doorway flanked by two double-hung windows; the door and window are recessed, with curving sides typical of the Shingle style. A similar small balcony is on the west side. On the porch, a metal railing has replaced the original wood balustrade. The rear section of the house is side-gabled, with a short turret between the gabled portion in front and the rear section, on the east elevation.

Detail for 168 Highland DR / Parcel ID 949470-0005 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gambrel 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: Slight
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Slight
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 168 Highland DR / Parcel ID 949470-0005 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 16, 2004
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