Historic "Japonesque" Bungalow stripped of its defining features.


Tragic news came to us yesterday that the owner of this unique bungalow located at 627 13th Avenue East started removing its character defining upturned corner eaves while we were helping Historic Seattle find a way to preserve it. Unfortunately, this will no longer be an option. Instead, it will soon be demolished along with its neighbor to the north and replaced with townhouses. (Removal images courtesy Nick Gregoric) This unfortunate turn of events is most distressing to say the least. However, thanks to local architect and CHHS member Marvin Anderson, we will at least be able to know some of its history. Here's what he wrote for us (includes endnote citations): A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNIQUE BUNGALOW AT 627 THIRTEENTH AVENUE NORTH

On January 28, 1905 the City of Seattle issued R.A. Tripple building permit 32561 to construct a 1-1/2 story frame cottage, 30' x 50', to cost $2750, at 627 Thirteenth Avenue North. Tripple submitted plans as the owner, and no architect or building contractor were listed.

R.A. TRIPPLE A real estate developer and former employee of James Moore, Tripple already knew the neighborhood well by the time he began construction of the bungalow on Thirteenth. His own house, built in 1902-1903, was just up the hill on Millionaires' Row at 626 Fourteenth Avenue North, on the southwest corner with Roy Street.

Robert Aull Tripple (1854-1930) was born in Philadelphia where he lived after graduation from Princeton University until heading west to the City of Destiny in 1888.[1] Tripple, his wife Carrie, and his six children remained in Tacoma only two years - he owned the shoe store "Single, Double, Tripple" and was, around 1901, a salesman for Van Eaton, Fogg & Co.[2] - before moving to Seattle where he became a salesman for Moore Investment Company.[3] By the time of his move Tripple had already amassed sufficient wealth to build a $4000 home designed by Henry Dozier for his family on Millionaire's Row.[4]

From 1902 through 1904 Tripple's name appeared in the Seattle Times numerous times as he purchased property and developed houses, largely on his own account. By the time the 1905 Seattle City Directory was published, Tripple had left Moore to form his own company dealing in "Real Estate, Loans, and Building," headquartered in the Lumber Exchange.[5] Tripple prospered and in 1907 built a second Millionaire's Row house at 633 Fourteenth, across the street from his first, now in the Colonial Revival style and also designed by Henry Dozier.[6] Tripple remained in real estate, development, and insurance for most of his life, adding silver mining to his portfolio in 1908, and was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1920. At the time of his death on June 16, 1930 he was candidate for reelection to his fifth term.

WHY DID TRIPPLE BUILD THIS BUNGALOW?