Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Bebb and Mendel, Architects (firm); Charles Herbert Bebb ; Louis Leonard Mendel Sr. (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

3 stories

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1220 Boren Avenue
First Hill, Seattle, WA 98101-2753

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In the book, Seattle Architecturally 1902, (Seattle: Dearborn Printing Company, 1902), the architectural firm of Bebb and Mendel was credited with designing this Tudor Revival Style house for Margaret Lenore Denny (1848-1915), daughter of Seattle pioneers Arthur A. (1822-1899) and Mary A. Denny (1822-1910). It is probable that Charles Bebb received this commission just before partnering with Louis Mendel in early 1901. The house was extant in 1901, and probably dated from a period when Bebb practiced alone. After Arthur A. Denny's death in 1899, Mary moved into this residence with her daughter. Mary lived here until her death in 1910, and Margaret died five years later.

The residence retained the picturesque massing of the Queen Anne Revival, but used a more consistent, subdued Tudor Revival stylistic vocabulary. The roof lines remained complex, having a cross-hipped form with gabled dormers on at least two sides. A deep, projecting front porch, supported by battered columns typical during the later bungalow era, sheltered entrants. The roof of the porch could be used as a balcony. Two massive brick fireplaces, prominent in upper-class residential architecture of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, stood on either side of the main entry. The residence was surrounded by a low retaining wall creating a promenade around it.

Demolished; the house was removed c. 1925 to make way for the Marlborough House Apartments, erected in 1926-1927.

PCAD id: 18034