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Claremont Rug Company has had the privilege of working with many clients in Seattle, Washington since the company’s founding in 1980, helping families build incomparable collections of art-level antique carpets. Many unique architectural styles developed in Seattle during the end of the 19th century and turn of the 20th century.
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Historical Homes and Prominent Architecture in Seattle
When Washington State was just starting to come into its own, there were certain architectural styles that came with it. Ornate Victorian mansions were among the initial styles to be built by some of the region’s wealthiest landowners and businesspeople, including the Yeslers, Dennys, Borens, and Blaines, in Seattle and beyond. During the end of 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, prominent architects like Edwin Ivey, Elizabeth Ayer, William J. Bain, Sr., and J. Lister Holmes began moving away from strict adherence to historical precedent and dependence on academically correct detail and toward more informal compositional approaches to the design of homes in the Seattle area. Below learn more about a selection of Seattle’s historical homes and buildings designed in the late 19th century to the early 20th century still standing today.
506 Second Avenue, Seattle, Washington
In 1914, Smith Tower became the first skyscraper in Seattle and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Smith Tower was the vision of Lyman Cornelius (L.C.) Smith, an industrialist from New York who made a fortune selling typewriters and firearms. L.C.’s wife fell in love with Seattle and convinced him to purchase the land at Second Avenue and Yesler that would eventually become Smith Tower. New York architectural firm Gaggin & Gaggin designed Smith Tower. They had never previously designed a building taller than five stories. Smith Tower was their first and last skyscraper. For more than one hundred years, it has remained a cultural icon of the city, offering breathtaking panoramic views and spectacular architectural beauty.
Charles R. Bussell House
1630 36th Avenue, Seattle, Washington
Officially known as the Charles R. Bussell Residence, the house was designated a Seattle landmark in 1979. This stunning Madrona Victorian mansion was built by real estate developer George S. List and design by Thomas G. Bird in 1822. Charles R. Bussell, founder of the Seattle Soap Company, and his wife purchased the home from List in 1900 and lived there until 1928. The Bussell House epitomized the romantic mansions Victorian designers aspired in their residence for the well-to-do. This 13-room residence combines a great many architectural elements asymmetrically into a whole which is, if not “harmonious”, certainly whimsical and capricious – – in a manner most large Victorian and Queen Anne homes were memorable for. From its prominent position atop a bluff in Madrona, the “castle” (as it is referred to by neighbors) still commands a magnificent view of Lake Washington and the Cascades with vistas north to Mt. Baker and south to Mt. Rainer. Over the years, owners have reshaped the property with Mediterranean and Spanish touches, though much of that has been removed and the home has been restored to the point where some rooms look untouched for over a hundred years.
2001 W Garfield Street Seattle, Washington
The distinctive Admiral’s House is a stunning combination of notable architecture, remarkable history, and unparalleled location. Situated on 3.89 acres above Smith Cove, this unique 7,316 square foot eight bedroom residence takes in unobstructed Southwest views of Downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound as no other home in Seattle can.
This premier three story gated estate has enjoyed an extensive and refined history as housing for the Admirals of the Navy since World War II. Many highly esteemed government officials and foreign dignitaries have frequented it and cemented its historical significance. In fact, Quarters A, as it was called by the Navy, is designated as a City of Seattle landmark and nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
22 West Highland Drive, Seattle, Washington
Martin D. Ballard (1832-1907) arrived in the Northwest across the Oregon Trail in 1852. After living in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, Ballard settled in Seattle in 1882. In 1885, he organized the Seattle Hardware Co. and he helped found the National Bank of Commerce.
Ballard built his home on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill where other prosperous Seattle residents were taking advantage of the sweeping views of the city and of Elliott Bay. The house was designed by architects Emil deNeuf and Augustus Heide in the Colonial/Georgian Revival style.
In 1911, after Ballard’s death, his widow sold the house to U.S. District Court Judge George Donworth (d. 1911). The judge remodeled the house but died before he could move in. His law partner, James B. Howe (1860-1930) then bought the house for $25,000.
Howe’s widow was devastated by the Great Depression and she was forced to sell the house in 1932, for $5,000. At that time, the building was converted into five apartments (a 6th apartment is in the carriage house). Architect H.A. Moldenhour took care to blend the new wings into the existing structure. The front of the house remained much as it did in 1901.
The house was declared a Seattle Landmark on May 14, 1979, because it embodied distinctive visible characteristics of an architectural style. It was one of the few remaining examples of the grand colonial style homes built at the turn of the twentieth century.
The Richard A. Ballinger House
1733 39th Avenue. Seattle, Washington
The Richard A. Ballinger House, a two-and-a-half story clapboard structure in Seattle’s Madrona district bordering Lake Washington, was constructed in the Colonial Revival Style in 1902-1903 for former state senator and industrialist F. C. Harper. Within three years the house was acquired by one of Harper’s associates, Richard A. Ballinger, a distinguished lawyer and Seattle mayor who rose to national prominence as a member of William Howard Taft’s cabinet 1909-1910. Shortly after Ballinger’s death in 1922, the house was vacated by Ballinger’s widow. The property has changed hands only twice since the Ballingers’ occupancy, having been acquired by the present owners in 1960. The house has received a high level of maintenance over the years, and external alterations have been minimal.
Although its treatment is eclectic rather than academic, the house bears the unmistakable stamp of the Colonial Revival in such classical features as balustrades, “Doric” porch columns and entablature of the dramatically enlarged frontal dormer. On the other hand, the wrap-around veranda and additional horizontal elements of pent and overhanging eaves, and the massive second story polygonal bay are reminiscent of the Queen Anne style from which the Neo-Colonial mode evolved after 1890 under the influence of McKim, Mead and White and other leading East Coast architects.
The Roanoke Inn
1825 72nd SE , Mercer Island, WA
When automobile traffic was off-loaded at Roanoke Dock beginning in 1914, there was nowhere to drive, nothing to do except return to Seattle. When Island roads improved enough, more brave tourists went exploring. To appeal to the visitors as well as to serve the community, a chicken-dinner inn was built not far from the ferry dock, on 72nd Avenue. George McGuire built the Roanoke Inn, which stands today well preserved and looking much the same as when it was built.
At first business was not exactly brisk, and McGuire lost the inn because of debts. A Mr. Green took over and operated it as a hotel. Subsequently it was sold several times, sometimes falling into ill repute, rumored to be a brothel, and a purveyor of illegal booze served in coffee mugs during prohibition.
After prohibition when it was a tavern, groceries, ice cream and pop were also sold. But minors were not allowed inside, so a window to the right of the door provided access where children could buy ice cream cones or complete their shopping errands.
In 1943, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Reeck purchased the Inn. Ed and Laura made it a true inn, with meal service as well as beer and wine. As the gathering place for Islanders and off-Islanders, the Inn developed a friendly, homey atmosphere, with a working fireplace.
After Ed Reeck died, Laura married Bill Bice in 1953, and they carried on the old traditions without the grocery store. Fifteen years later, after the death of Bill Bice, Laura’s son, Hal Reeck, joined his mother as co-proprietor. Laura died in September, 1982 at the age of 88 years. Son Hal married Dorothy, and after his death she has continued the family tradition of running the Roanoke Inn.
The marker is located to the left of the front porch stairs.
Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th SE, Mercer Island, WA
At this location from 1903 to 1943, the Seattle School District ran a school for wayward boys to help them get back on track. The boys spent half a day in classes, then spent the rest of the day farming. They gardened, fed the stock, picked apples, milked cows, and developed a prized Holstein herd. Over time the school became self-sufficient, housing up to 75 boys at a time.
When the Seattle school system bowed out, King County eventually gained possession of the 80 acres and made it into a park. The park includes wetlands, a swimming beach, a picnic area, tennis courts, a pier for fishing, a dog-running area, and a parking lot.
The Society installed a plaque in 2000 in the park near the entrance to the tennis courts, to commemorate the school and Willis Rand, its principal for 40 years. The plaque was made possible by a donation from Ted Rand in memory of his father, Willis.
Carnegie Library Building
118 5th Ave N, Edmonds, WA 98020
The Edmonds library became an institution of the city government in 1909 and the Rev. John W.H. Lockwood became its librarian with an appropriation of $5 per month for the purchase of books. He saw the need for a permanent space and communicated with Andrew Carnegie respecting a city library building and in November 1909, he received a favorable reply. The city went on accept a gift of $5,000 towards the construction of a city library; H.B. Ward & Company was rewarded the contract at a price of $7,483.30.
Edmonds’ Carnegie Library opened February 17th, 1911, becoming the 19th Carnegie Library in Washington State. The upper floor housed the library, and the lower floor housed the city offices, council chambers and jail. For many years this building served the literary and community needs of Edmonds. However, in 1962, to accommodate the rapid population growth and need for a larger City Hall and library, these functions were moved from the Carnegie building to the Edmonds Civic Center; Parks and Recreation would remain the building for another decade.
With the assistance of the newly formed Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society, the Carnegie Library building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 24, 1973.
Today, the upper level features rotating exhibits, while the lower level highlights the early history of Edmonds and South Snohomish County. Over 4,500 visitors from around the world enter the doors of the building, now beautifully restored and maintained by the same devoted organization that brought it back to life more than 45 years ago.