Kroll House 1911
Images from the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture/Eastern Washinton Historical Society, Spokane Washington.
Images L95-12.330 and L9512.331
Spokane Register of Historic Places, Nomination of Kroll House, 2011. There are some small errors in the nomination.
1249 S. Wall St.
October 27, 2012
Beautiful, lovingly maintained, two and a half story, historical house.
Listed on the Spokane Register of Historical Places in 2011 and the Washington State Heritage Register and the National Register of Historical Places in 1979. Historical name: William and Anna Kroll House. Described as an example of the American Arts and Crafts period with an eclectic mixture of influences from Craftsman and Tudor Revival styles. Prominent architectural features include the home’s 2.5 stories, widely overhanging eaves, deep bargeboards with pointed ends, gable peak pendant drops, exposed rafter ends, scroll-sawn brackets, gabled bays with overhanging levels, narrow-width horizontal clapboard siding, basalt rock foundation, multi-windows with small divided lights in the upper sash, and a partial-width front porch and balcony supported by massive exposed beams/joists and tapered porch posts. http://properties.historicspokane.org/property/?PropertyID=2039
Main and second floors, 5 bedrooms and 2 and a half baths. Downstairs, 1 bedroom and a 3/4 bath.
MAIN FLOOR: (all dimensions are approximate and are inside wall-to-wall resulting in smaller sizes than square feet calculated by county and appraisers. IRR means room is irregular)
Foyer: 15 by 16. Leading to stairs to the second floor. Outside front and side doors oak with stained fir finished on inside to match woodwork. Front and side doors have beveled, hand cut small glass windows, 18 on front door and 15 on side door. Original but recently restored hardware. Inlaid hardwood floors refinished 2010. Built-in bench with storage. Original lights on stairs.
Living room: 15 by 25 IRR. Box beamed ceilings. Bay window-window seat with storage overlooking front yard. Detailed molding/wood trim, stained but never painted. Inlaid hardwood floors refinished 2010. Fireplace with gas furnace insert designed to work even if electricity is off (response to 1996 ice storm).
Dining room: 15 x 15 IRR. Built in cabinets have back windows that provide natural lighting through the cabinets. Plate rails. Box beams. Inlaid hardwood floors refinished 2010.
Family room: 14 x 15 IRR. Fireplace with custom fireplace glass and metal arch door and decorative gas logs, Built-in cabinets and fold-down desk. Spacious 1/2 bath off family room.
Pass through between Living and Family rooms: 10 x 4. Two Built-in benches with storage.
Greeting Room/Office: 10 x 14. Tile floor. Beautiful wood work. Door similar to front door. Four large windows. Built-in bench with storage.
Breakfast nook: 8 x 12. Maple floors. Large family coat closet and security system.
Kitchen: 14.75 x 12. Refinished maple floors. Newer top-of-the-line Thomasville cabinets and granite counter tops. Wet-bar sink in addition to regular double sink with garbage disposal. Jenn-Air gas stove top with extra grilling plates. Built in Maytag conventional/convection over. Kenmore dishwasher. New Samsung French Door Refrigerator with beverage drawer, water and ice dispenser. Original Marshall and Wells servant call box, beautiful but non-functioning, serves as door bell. Call button in living room is connected to the call box, call buttons in other rooms are not connected.
Butler’s pantry: 6.5 x 11. Three original tall cabinets with glass door. Additional new cabinets and broom closet. Granite counter top.
Covered side porch: 7 x 9 IRR.
Covered front porch: 9 x 23 IRR.
Grand hallway: 26 x 8.5. Window/door opens to balcony. Maple floor. Original built-in linen cabinets.
Balcony: 23 x 9 IRR
Master bedroom: 14 x 15 IRR. Bay window. Closet. oak floor.
Master bath: 7.5 x 5.5. Tile floor. Original bath tub. Original washbasin. Original medicine cabinet. Newer plumbing and electrical fixtures.
Middle bedroom/dressing room: 12.5 x 14 IRR. Bay window-window seat with storage. Shares bathroom with Master bedroom. Closet. Oak floor.\
Southeast bedroom: 12 x 12,5. Large closet.
Northwest bed room:12,5 x 15.5. Faces front balcony.
Walk-in-closet: 4 x 11. Between Northwest and Summer bedrooms
Summer bedroom/Office: 10.5 x 8 + 7 x 9. Northeeast corner of second floor with seven windows.
Guest bath: 8.5 x 12.5. Original tile floor. Original medicine cabinet. Original claw-foot tub. Shower. Washer and dryer. Exhaust fan.
Fully finished and carpeted.
Built-in benches cover air-conditioner duck work.
More than 900 sq. ft.
Natural lighting from all directions.
Natural gas cast iron zone heater in addition to radiator.
Plumbing for possible half-bath.
Two walk-in closets for storage, interior dimensions 15 x 3.5 ft and 21 .5 ft.
Daylight windows on East side.
Separate entrance on 13th Ave. side.
Egress on bedroom window under review by City of Spokane as of October 2012. (window short by about 2 inches in height, window well too small).
Living room: 9 x 11 + 15.5 x 16.5.
Office: 13 x 9 IRR.
Bedroom: n13 x 12.5 + 12.5 x 13.5.
3/4 Bath: 7 x 12.
Storage/Utility: 7.5 x 11. Built-in shelves. Washer and dryer.
Kitchen: 9.5 x 10. Counter-top bar. Refrigerator. Stove.
Breakfast nook: 10 x 7.5.
Separate controlled hot water radiator heating system
Storage space: n x n. Recently dry-walled walls and ceiling and tile floor.
Unheated storage: Storage space/crawl space under Greeting room/Office.
Schools: Roosevelt Elementary (.21 miles), Lewis and Clark High School (.8 miles), Sacajawea Middle School
Conner lot 12,688 square feet, Cliff Park neighborhood. Walk Score of 75 out of 100, meaning property is “Very Walkable” and most errands can be accomplished on foot. See http://www.walkscore.com/score/1249-s-wall-st-spokane-wa-99204 Easy walk to parks, two grocery stores, three coffee shops, more than five restaurants, and elementary and high schools.
The private patio said to be made of bricks from the old trolley system is part of a great outdoor living space. Deck leads to space and wiring for hot tub. Automatic sprinkler system upgraded in 2012 to reduce water use.
Fully fenced, cedar fence at back of house repaired and repainted 2012, chain link covered by hedges along front and side of house, 3 beautiful custom-made wrought iron gates that lock with wrought iron accents on both sides of gates for a total of approximately 29ft. of wrought iron fence 4ft. tall and addition 23 1/2 ft. of wrought iron fence 4 3/4 ft. tall along 13 Ave. Leaf-guard system on gutters except for two low and easily accessible roofs.
Plumbed and wired for water softener.
Heating system Newer (about 5 years old) Weil McLorin natural gas furnace for original hot-water/radiator system on the Main and Second floors and for newer separately controlled hot-water radiator system for the Downstairs/Mother-in-law suite.
Energy Efficient 75 gallon Bradford natural gas hot water heater.
Energy Efficient Armstrong Central air conditioner.
Original windows, most with float glass, storm windows, and storm doors.
Upgraded interior cable systems for phone, cable TV, internet, and security with non-exposed wires.
Total 5836 sq. feet excluding balcony, porches, and deck. Main floor 1762, Second floor 1598, Third floor/gallery 912, Lower level 1564. Balcony 250, Front covered porch 210, Side covered porch 35, Partially covered deck 245.