Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Historic Architecture

Many home buyers and investors in the Seattle market are looking for historic homes with lots of architectural detail and "Old World Charm (OWC)." This is something that can be found in more abundance here on the west side of Lake Washington than elsewhere.

Yesterday's blog focused on the beautiful Seattle neighborhood of Roanoke Park. Continuing with that theme, let's look at some specific examples of OWC in the 2700 block of Harvard Avenue East, one of many streets within this historic district. Today we will focus on the Clifford C. Lambert House, and in tomorrow's blog, talk about its neighbors.

Known historically as the Hall-Sheppard House, this one-story house located at 2716 Harvard Avenue E., was built for Virgil Hall in 1921. Hall was connected with the Craftsman Bungalow Company. By 1925, Eva H. Sheppard owned and lived in the house with her two student daughters. She was the manager of an employment agency for women.

The house is a Colonial Revival with a clipped side-gable composition roof and clipped-gable-roofed bump-out on the north side of the front facade. Two pillars on each side support the small porch on the south side of the front facade. The porch has a clipped gable roof with neoclassical returns. The exterior was originally shingle and is now clapboard. The original eight-over-one double hung windows in the front bump-out are intact as is the original triple window to the north of the porch. The triple window features a ten-light-over-one center section flanked by narrow four-lights-over-one sections. A hipped-roof bump-out is on the south rear of the house.

The house was extensively remodeled in 2013 and now features five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully-finished basement level within its 2990 square feet. It has hardwood floors, updated windows, and designer bathrooms and kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters.

Neighbors to the north include the historic Harry and Emma Stokes House built in 1906; and to the south, the William and Mary Chisholm house built in 1908, and the Duhamel-Parsons House built 1903-1909. Tomorrow's blog will discuss the architecture and history associated with these lovely homes on Harvard Avenue East.

For a complete list of Roanoke Park properties or historic houses for sale, please email HomeLandInvestment@gmail.com.

Happy Investing!

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