Patrick J. Sullivan House hits market just in time for Hilloween

The house in 1975 (Image: Seattle Municipal Archives)

Nearly 120 years old, the spooky Victorian at the corner of 15th Ave and E Olive St has hit the market. With an asking price of $2.2 million, the sale of the “Patrick J. Sullivan House” is clearly more about the property’s future than its once elegant past:

The home was originally commissioned by successful boilermaking businessman Patrick J. Sullivan, who owned Queen City Boiler Works in Pioneer Square. Architects Josenhans and Allan designed the home. They also designed many other prominent buildings in the area, including multiple buildings on the University of Washington campus, many historic Pioneer Square buildings, and other grand Victorian homes around Capitol Hill and Queen Anne.

(Image: CHS)

Despite the property’s recent lonely years, neglect, and deterioration, Capitol Hill-based broker Marlow Harris is looking for a buyer interested in restoration. “Today, there is an opportunity to renovate this home, bring it into the new millennium and share it with the citizens of Seattle,” she writes.

The property has never been nominated for city landmarks protections.

That lonely old house might also know a busier, more people-filled future. Across 15th Ave on the westside of the street, a four-unit rowhouse is currently under construction. Zoned for three story buildings, the Patrick J. Sullivan House land might also eventually be home to new multifamily housing.



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6 thoughts on “Patrick J. Sullivan House hits market just in time for Hilloween

  1. The lack of interior pictures make you wonder what is hiding within.

    Old Pennywise is probably waiting to give you an interview J ! What do you fear the most ?

  2. This poor structure always makes me sad. I’m even more sad seeing how it once was in it’s former glory. Its a shame it’s been gutted and chopped up, left to rot.

    A good compromise is to see it repositioned and restored, then build around it. So much potential here.

  3. I hope this doesn’t get torn down. So much vintage Capitol Hill is being torn down for boxy development. Oh well, that’s progress.

    • No doubt it will be bought and demolished by some rapacious developer. That is what’s happening on Capitol Hill these days, unfortunately.

    • I’d expect it to torn down as well.

      Who would rationally pay $2.2 million for the chance to spend another $1.5 million to restore it into a $3 million single family home?

      The person at fault is the current owner who destroyed the property, not the future purchaser.

  4. The building has current tenants, so that’s probably one of the reasons there aren’t interior photos. Having seen an apartment, it’s at least vaguely habitable but more 1960s than Victorian in the details.