This impressive Colonial Revival is nicely sited on a beautiful corner lot right in the heart of the North Slope.  Features include hardwood and fir floors, original pocket doors, custom millwork, Eastlake-era hardware, updated plumbing and electrical, an updated kitchen, a primary suite, a third floor family room and a detached three car garage.

Impressive North Slope Colonial Revival

The Wells-Richter house was built circa 1892 in the Colonial Revival style with an American Foursquare form

The Wells-Richter House

1018 N. 7th Street
Tacoma, WA

4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 3,183 sq.ft.
Offered at $1,050,000

Property Details


This iconic home is beautifully sited on a corner lot in the heart of the North Slope Historic District. The gracious entry hall is flanked by a front parlor and a large formal dining room, each with its own free-standing gas stove. The dining room leads to an updated kitchen with granite counters and state of the art stainless appliances. A back hallway off the kitchen leads to the servant staircase and an unfinished basement. The entry level also includes a half bathroom and a back parlor that can be closed off from the front parlor and the entry hall with ornate pocket doors.

Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are located on the second floor, including a spacious primary suite with a dressing area, a claw-foot tub and shower, dual vanities and partial water views. The former servant quarters on the third floor includes a view balcony, a family room, a fourth bedroom and a half bathroom that could easily be expanded to include a tub or shower. Laundry and additional storage are located in the unfinished basement, which has its own exterior entrance.

Original architectural elements include oak and fir floors, an ornate fireplace mantle and surround, Eastlake-era door and cabinet hardwood, built-in cabinetry, original windows and custom fir trim. Significant improvements have been made to the house, including updated plumbing and electrical, exterior paint, a new roof in 2012 and wood replacement windows on the second floor.


The grounds include fully fenced front and side yards, mature landscaping, a sprinkler system, a side patio and a three-car garage off the alley.


House is 3,183 SF

Lot is 6,500 SF

Four bedrooms

Four bathrooms

Oak and fir floors

Original hardware

Updated Kitchen

Primary Suite

Updated plumbing

Updated electrical

Forced air furnace

Unfinished basement

Partial water views

Fully fenced yard

Sprinkler system

Three car garage

Property History

The house at 1018 N 7th Street was built circa 1892 for Richard and Hattie Wells in the Colonial Revival style with an American Foursquare form. The approximate cost of construction was $5,000. Richard and Hattie owned the house until 1898, when it was sold by the sheriff on their behalf to C. B. Cauldwell for $4,499. Given contemporaneous newspaper coverage of the couple, it's likely that the house was sold at auction after they defaulted on their mortgage.

By 1899, the house was owned by Otto and Paula Richter. Otto Richter was born in Remscheid, Germany in 1856 and received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Berlin in 1878. He immigrated to the United States in 1879, settling first in Hokendauqua, Pennsylvania, where he worked as a machinist and then as a factory foreman. In 1892, Richter made his way to the Pacific Northwest, joining his brother Franz in his Seattle rubber business, the Washington Rubber Company. The company eventually opened branch offices in Tacoma, Portland, San Francisco and Spokane.

Otto married Paula Ehrenberg in 1896, and they had two children - Ella and Ottilie. In 1904, Otto accepted the office of acting consul for Germany, and he was later appointed vice consul. Otto died in 1941, and Paula in 1943. 

Nathan and Ellen Blakeslee lived in the house between 1949 and 1975, operating a nursery school and kindergarten on site. The Blakeslee School is thought to have been one of the first preschools in the city.

As a contributing structure in Tacoma's North Slope Historic District, the Wells-Richter House is listed on the local and national registers of historic places, with the possibility of a significant property tax abatement.

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North Slope

Tacoma’s North Slope is one of Washington State’s largest historic districts, consisting of more than 950 homes. Much of the neighborhood was built on a 166-acre farm owned at one time by Tacoma pioneer Job Carr.

The Carr family sold the land for residential development in the 1880s, and the district experienced three distinct building booms from 1888-1893, 1902-1915 and 1919-1929. As a result, the neighborhood features a wide variety of architectural styles including Victorian, Craftsman, Tudor and American Foursquare.

Early North Slope residents of note included Washington State Governor Ernest Lister and a young Bing Crosby. The neighborhood provides easy access to 23-acre Wright Park, Stadium District amenities, the medical center, public and private schools, the waterfront and the soon to be completed light rail extension.


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1018 N. 7th Street, Tacoma, WA is offered at $1,050,000. Please contact us directly to schedule a showing today.

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