Courtesy photo: The P.J. Sullivan House is currently listed on the market with an asking price of $2.2 million.
Courtesy photo: The P.J. Sullivan House is currently listed on the market with an asking price of $2.2 million.

The Queen Anne-style Patrick J. Sullivan House in Miller Park will go before the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board in late December.

Commissioned by Patrick J. Sullivan and built in 1898 at the southeast corner of 15th Avenue and East Olive Way, the old single-family residence that now contains five apartment units recently came on the market.

The asking price is $2.2 million and, according to real estate broker Marlow Harris, this is an “amazing opportunity to restore this vintage home in the center of Capitol Hill.”

Sullivan and his wife lived in the three-story home from 1900 to 1923; he died on Dec. 12, 1947. He was the proprietor of the Queen City Boiler from 1888 to 1904, and then got into real estate.

“The architects of the P.J. Sullivan house were Timotheus Anton Christof Josenhans and Norris Best Allan of Josenhans & Allan,” according to a landmarks report prepared by Castanes Architects. “A prominent firm in Seattle at the time, Josenhans & Allan are credited for multiple Seattle landmarks,” which include the Marion Building, Cawsey C.C. House and Lewis, Clark and Parrington Halls at the University of Washington.

The P.J. Sullivan House still has at least one of the original chimneys, and two turrets on the northwest and southeast

“The turret to the southeast corner is capped with a pyramidal roof reaching up to the same height as the home’s gables,” the report states. “The home is clad with painted horizontal wood siding in most areas, and painted shaker-style shingles on its second level.”

There have been a number of repairs and alterations since 1949, but the exterior of the 119-year-old Capitol Hill structure has seen better days.

“We are kind of coming from it from a point of preservation and we’re not a part of the sales process or anything like that,” said Jim Castanes with Castanes Architects. “We believe that that exterior can be totally refurbished.”

The property was owned by Elaine Thorson, who had lived in one of the five apartment units in the old Queen Anne-style home, but has since passed away. One of her relatives currently lives in one of the apartments.

“We went through there and saw those units and, gosh, they’re large units and there’s a lot of light coming into it,” Castanes said.

He said he imagines the P.J. Sullivan House being fully preserved, with the potential for a new development comparable in scale being developed on the back side of the property.

“We’d like to see that house kind of stand alone and the other building would be kind of a drop-back building to it,” Castanes said.

The P.J. Sullivan House being preserved and those apartment units being available to rent would be a win/win, he said.

A member of the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council, Castanes said he’s keenly aware of the changes happening in Capitol Hill.

“Anything we can preserve is a good thing, I think, but I’m all for density,” he said.

Castanes lives near the P.J. Sullivan House. Across the street is the Gaslight Inn, which was granted landmark status in late 2015, and on the east side of 15th Avenue are older apartment buildings constructed in the 1920s.

The landmarks board will consider the nomination at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the Boards & Commissions Room L2-80 of Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. A second meeting is slated for Feb. 7.

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