Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1918

1 story, total floor area: 3,130 sq. ft.

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17852 40th Avenue NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

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Building History

This unusual unusual brick-faced house was built, according to King County Department of Assessments records, in 1918. This early date of construction does not seem to correlate to the building's architectural styling which was Streamline Moderne, a mode popular during the mid-to-late 1930s. It is possible that the site was built upon in 1918, just after Lake Forest Park was first developed, and then either rebuilt or renovated in the 1930s. It is also conceivable that this is a highly unusual design, 20 years ahead of its time.

Newspaper records indicated that Henry E. Walsh (born 04/12/1894 in Ewen, MI-d. 06/05/1959 in San Juan County, WA) lived at this address with his wife Doris and two sons between at least 1940 and 1942. (Walsh did not live here according to the 1930 US Census.) It was put up for sale by its owner in 1949. The classified ad for its sale stated: "Lake Forest Park Estate. A Chance for Good Living: 1 acre, creek, 6 on 1, oil heat, full basement, well landscaped, view Mt. Rainier, full tile bath, runner tile court, partially built aluminum greenhouse, 20-ft. food locker, Private Party," 17852 40th N.E." (See "Lake Forest Park Estate," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 04/19/1949, p. 27.)

By 1968, Robert Vincent Carroll, Jr., (born 09/22/1916 in Minneapolis, MN-d. 01/29/1983 in Seattle, WA), a naturopathic physician, lived here. Carroll was nominated to the State Examining Committee in March 1968 by Governor Daniel J. Evans. (born 1925). He also ran as a Republican candidate for Washington's 1st Dist. Representative, Position #2. (See "King County Legislative Races," Seattle Sunday Times, 09/15/1968, p. 48.)

The house later went up for sale in 1984, 1991 and 1994. The 1984 real estate advertisement said of it: "All brick 4 bedroom home on shy 1 acre park-like grounds. Year-round stream & outdoor BBQ. Formal entryway, coved ceilings, fireplace. French doors lead to formal dining room, family size kitchen with breakfast nook. Follow signs off 178th N.E." (See "Richard James real estate ad," Seattle Sunday Times / Post-Intelligencer, 08/26/1984, p. D12. See also "William A. Bain Associates ad," Seattle Sunday Times, 11/17/1991, p. G5 and "William Bain Associates ad, Lake Forest Park $289,000," Seattle Sunday Times / Post-Intelligencer, 03/20/1994, p. G10.)

Brian and Linda M. Basset sold the house on 06/16/1994 to Gerald and Marie F. Rosenberg for $289.000. The Rosenbergs lived here for 28 years before selling it to Murabit Aburawi on 05/06/2022. She sold the residence to Matthew and Mary Swenson on 06/16/2023 for $1.225,000.

Building Notes

According to the King County Assessor, the house at 17852 40th Avenue NE occupied a 34,933-square-foot (0.80-acre) lot. It contained about a 1,680-square-foot first floor and a finished basement with 1,450 square feet, making a total of 3,130 total square feet.