AKA: Gordon House, West Seattle, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Graham and Myers, Architects (firm); John Graham Sr. (architect/engineer); David John Myers (architect)

Dates: constructed 1907

3 stories, total floor area: 5,940 sq. ft.

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2657 37th Avenue SW
West Seattle, Seattle, WA 98126-2147

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The Hainsworth House was located in the North Admiral section of West Seattle.


The real estate developer William H. Hainsworth (d. 01/13/1943), his wife, Regina Florence (d. 12/23/1945), and his mother, Mary Holt Hainsworth (d. 04/10/1922), resided in this Tudor Revival Style mansion in 1912. Hainsworth owned the West Seattle Real Estate and Investments Company, and so this giant residence served as a symbol of his personal success and as a marketing tool for his business. The prominent architectural firm of Graham and Myers, active between 1905 and 1910, produced the design for the Hainsworths; Graham's solo firm, John Graham and Company, would grow into one Seattle's largest architectural/engineering companies by the mid-century, becoming very prominent in suburban mall design after World War II. In his report on the designation of the dwelling to the City of Seattle's list of Historic Landmarks, Earl D. Layman, the City Historic Preservation Officer, wrote in 1980: "The Hainsworth/Gordon Residence, built in 1907 is one of the finest tudor-inspired residences built in Seattle during the first twenty years of this century. Its design faithfully evokes the character of its Elizabethan ancestors, particularly the organization of fenestration into nearly continuous horizontal bands. Architecturally, the residence compares well with the Stimson/Green Mansion, the Ferry Mansion, and the Kraus/Andersson Residence, all three of which are designated City Landmarks." (See Earl D. Layman, "Report on Designation," accessed 04/23/2015.) The City of Seattle designated the Hainsworth House in 1981.

Building History

William H. Hainsworth, Jr., and Regina Florence Stretch married on 08/15/1895 in Seattle.

The King County Department of Assessments property form indicated that the Hainsworth House was built in 1909, while Earl D. Layton's Report on Description, cited above, indicated it to have been built in 1907.

Building Notes

This house was on sale in 01/2007 for $1.59 million. William Hainsworth, a prominent developer, commissioned John Graham, Sr., to design this grand house, once the centerpiece of a sprawling estate. In 2015, the house occupied a 5,000 square-foot (0.11-acre) lot. According to the King County Assessor, the residence contained 2 1/2 floors, with 2,210 square feet on floor 1, 1,150 on the third "half floor," and 2,020 on the second. (The PCAD record indicates there are three floors.) In the basement, 560 of the 2,000 square feet had been finished. The value of land and improvements was $1,605,000 in 2015.

Hainsworth developed the six original Belltown Cottages, three of which remain, before 1916.