Seattle, Washington: Spite House

Unusual house is a cautionary tale, where real estate and a nasty divorce collided.
Address:
2022 24th Ave. E., Seattle, WA
Directions:
I-5 exit 168 onto Hwy 520 east. Take the first exit onto Montlake Blvd. Drive south on Montlake, which turns into 24th Ave. About seven blocks south, on the southeast corner of 24th Ave. E. and E. Boston St.
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The Spite House is still there, but a bit further south (up the hill) than I had remembered. The proper cross street is Newton, not Louisa. Secondly, the hedge around the south end has grown a LOT taller over the past decade. In fact you can no longer see the (very) narrow south end of the house from the street. When I took my photographs I had to back into the alley on the south side. A real shame. On the plus side, the building has been very well maintained, and looks like it will be standing for a good while longer yet.

[Mark Lockwood, 10/10/2000]
Spite House

In the 1920s there was a *nasty divorce*. The judge awarded the husband the house and the wife the front yard. Perhaps he thought a sale would bring the two back together? Alas, twas not to be. The wife took her property and built a house on it.

From the front the Spite House looks perfectly ordinary, if a little old- fashioned (pink stucco, spanish-tiled roof). It's the side dimensions that make it unique. The north end is only ten feet wide, the south, only five.

[Mark Lockwood, 09/07/2000]

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