AKA: 1718 47th Avenue SW House, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Holmes, J. Lister, Architect (firm); Joseph Lister Holmes Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1935

2 stories, total floor area: 1,780 sq. ft.

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1718 47th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116

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Seattle architect J. Lister Holmes (1891-1986) designed this residence for Charles R. Wilkes, a salesman, and his wife, Helen. Homes, Incorporated, built the house, completing it around 09/1935.

In 2014, the house contained 3 beds, 1.5 baths, and had 1,780 square-feet of space. It occupied a 5,750 square-foot lot. By 09/15/1935, when the dwelling appeared in the Seattle Times, it had been largely completed on the exterior. An article in the Seattle Times of 09/15/1935 said of the house's styling: "A little piece of French countryside seems to have wandered over to 171847th Ave. S.W. in the form of a new house just being completed for Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Wilkes. Homes, Inc., under whose direction the house was built with J. Lister Holmes as architect, have only to import a cobblestone court, a stagnant pond and hissing geese to complete the serenity, the intimacy and the unsophistication of that delightful rural South of France. This charming house has a large living room paneled in pine, with a dining room, breakfast room, kitchen, guest room and bath completing the first floor. Commodious owner's quarters on the second floor include a bedroom, dressing room and bath, with a sunny upstairs sitting room overlooking the garden. Carefully planned planting has united this two-car garage and the house in a pleasing composition, providing an unusual garden privacy at the same time." (See "Typical French Arrangement in New Residence," Seattle Times, 09/15/1935, p. 31.) The couple lived previously at 98 Roanoke Street in Seattle.