1007 14th Ave E

Edward Ederer House

Built: 1903

Where Lived the Man That Keeps You Dry at T-Mobile Park

  • Style: American Foursquare
  • Architect: James H. Schack
  • Builder: Waddingham & Arveson

On July 21, 1903, Edward P. Ederer received permit #21673 to have this house, which was architected by James H Schack, constructed by Waddingham & Arveson for $4,000. It is an early American Foursquare house, with a sandstone porch supported by four rectangular columns. It has leaded windows. Two large double-hung windows face the street on each of the first two floors, with a set of four smaller leaded windows in between on the second floor. The first floor has a bay window on the south side. In 2007, Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods survey noted that the original siding was likely replaced, but judged the overall impact to be slight. It judged the plan and windows to be intact, and considered the property to be located in a potential historic district.


Edward P. Ederer, the original owner of this house, moved to Seattle with his business partner, Andrew Weber. The 1900 Census shows that their families had previously been neighbors in Chicago, and they chose to live near one another here as well on Millionaire's Row (with the Webers at 805 14th Ave. E.). Ederer was vice-president of Seattle Net & Twine Manufacturing Company, but later became founder and president of Ederer Engineering Company. The latter company specialized in crane manufacturing, initially serving the logging industry in Seattle. Later it became an international company, building cranes for nuclear power plants, NASA, and even the crane-derived mechanism that opens and closes the roof of T-Mobile Park, Seattle's baseball stadium. Ederer, LLC still operates in Seattle, but now as a wholly owned subsidiary of PaR Systems. Arthur F. Ederer, Edward's son, became president of the engineering firm after his father's retirement, and he too lived in this house. Edward was also a well-regarded musician, and he served as the first music director for the church that was Seattle's temporary cathedral before the St. James Cathedral could be built.

Additional Material

Permit Notice

The permit announcement in The Seattle Daily Bulletin, July 22, 1903.

Edward P. Ederer

Edward P. Ederer, who built this house, ran Seattle Net & Twine with his fellow Millionaire's Row neighbor, Andrew Weber.

Ederer Engineering

Ederer formed Ederer Engineering in 1901, which grew into a company supplying cranes to NASA and nuclear power plants.

T-Mobile Park

The roof at T-Mobile Park closes with a crane mechanism designed by Ederer Services.

Church Music Leader

Ederer, an accomplished musician, also led the music program at Seattle's pro-cathedral, Our Lady of Good Help.

The Architect

James H. Schack (picture from Men of the Pacific Northwest) was the architect of this house and the Burwell House.

Flag for Harding

When President Harding visited Seattle in 1923, "...draped between the Eckstein and Ederer mansions was a gigantic array of Stars and Stripes..."

Historical Survey

A Dept. of Neighborhoods survey notes this house's historic value.