Stuart/Balcom House

619 W. Comstock St. Seattle, WA 98119

Deette McAuslan Smith (1892-1979) built the imposing brick residence on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in 1926. She was the widow of contractor Grant Smith (d. 1923) who built the Olympic Hotel and the White-Henry-Stuart Building. He died four months after their marriage in 1923. Mrs. Smith grew up on Queen Anne Hill and wanted a home for herself, her mother, her older sister, and for two children whom she planned to adopt (but never did). Her late husband's firm handled construction.The Stuart-Balcom House and Gardens was declared a Seattle Landmark in 1984.