AKA: 260 Dorffel Drive East House, Denny Blaine, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Storey, Ellsworth P., Architect (firm); Ellsworth Prime Storey (architect)

Dates: constructed 1904-1905

2 stories, total floor area: 3,880 sq. ft.

260 Dorffel Drive East
Denny Blaine, Seattle, WA 98112-5003

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This bungalow, influenced by the Shingle and Prairie Styles, was one the first two commissions that architect Ellsworth Storey completed soon after his arrival in Seattle, WA, in 1903. He also completed a residence for his parents on a lot next door.

Building History

Seattle architect Ellsworth P. Storey (1879-1960), lived in this house for many years. According to Ellsworth Storey's biographer, Christine Carr, ""Storey bought Lots 75 and 76 of the streetcar-accessible Denny Blaine-Lake Park Addition near the west shore of Lake Washington. He designed two homes connected by a first floor glazed passageway, called out on the plans as 'conservatory,' one for Phoebe and himself and one for his parents, who decided to move with them to Seattle. The building permits were issued in July 1904, and construction must have begun immediately. Storey returned to Champaign in late summer and was married to Phoebe. The Seattle houses were not yet ready for occupation, but the newlyweds, after a one-day honeymoon in Chicago, traveled by train to Seattle and lived in the laundry room of 270 37th Avenue North...while the homes were finished." (See Christine Carr, The Seattle Houses of Ellsworth Storey: Frames and Patterns, [Seattle: University of Washington, Master of Architecture thesis, published 06/01/1994], p. 94.)

By 1942, he had moved next door to occupy the residence at 270 Dorffel Drive East, originally erected to house his retired parents, Henry C. (born c. 1845 in CT) and Lavinia Northway Storey (born c. 1856 in NY). In 2012, Seattle Met magazine voted the houses at 260 Dorffel Drive East and 270 Dorffel Drive East as collectively one of the city's "10 Greatest Homes."

Emory E. Bundy and Noel G. Angell sold the residence for $1,060,000 to David R. and Lucinda G. Stewart on 09/10/2003.

Building Notes

Architect's own house.

In 2018, the house, located in the desirable Denny Blaine neighborhood, contained 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It occupied a 0.28 acre property and had a 420-square-foot garage (erected c. 1910). The landmark sold in 2003 for $1,060,000, and had an estimated taxable value of $2,252,000 in 2018.