Officially it’s called an American Foursquare, but around here we have a specific variant: the “Seattle Box.” Generally, a foursquare has a very specific, boxy floorplan, with four main, formal gathering spaces on the bottom floor and four bedrooms up top. Seattle’s variants are dressed up with dormers, hipped roofs, bay windows, and Victorian-style ornamentation, giving them a grand, imposing appearance.
This one in particular, the Gaslight Inn, is especially ornate, with cedar siding punctuated by elaborate trim and accent windows. Inside, a grand entry hall sets the stage for immaculately maintained formal spaces. The city’s landmark designation describes an abundance of original features: leaded-glass windows, the original built-in china cabinet in the dining room, oak trim, stained wood paneling, and wainscoting. Some newer additions add to the vintage vibe, though, like stained-glass windows in bedrooms and at the wide landing halfway up the stair. The current owner bought the place—now a bed and breakfast—in the 1980s, and restored the place to its current glory.
Of course, some of the additions are more modern, like a back patio and pool with a real Palm Springs vibe, full of palms and wisteria.
1727 15th Avenue is listed for $3.5 million through Coldwell Banker Bain.