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Summary for 3815 Densmore AVE / Parcel ID 4083303865 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1909
This house was erected in 1910 according to the King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report accessed in 2004, 1909 according to the King County Property Record Card begun in 1937. The original building permit cannot be located, and for this reason the name of the original owner, builder and designer are unknown Property owner James T. Phillips, who was not a resident, built a garage at the site in 1917 and made an addition to the garage in 1925 according to the permit record; however, this structure is no longer extant and the Assessor’s record suggests that the garage was torn down at some point between 1937 and 1972. It appears the current owner does not live at the site and there are hints in the Assessor’s record that this house has functioned as a rental housing unit for significant portions of its life. In 1975, neighbors complained that individuals living at this site were raising chickens or pigeons and parking a camper in the front yard. This structure is significant as an example of a transitional style found in the Wallingford neighborhood as Queen Anne work went out of vogue and craftsman bungalows became popular in the Wallingford neighborhood.
This is a 1-1/2 story, wood clapboard and shingle clad frame residence on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The placement of a large hip-roofed dormer on a side gabled house, the relatively steep slope of the roof, the unarticulated support structure for the roof overhangs, the relative slenderness of the bargeboards, the full height square columns and cased opening at the front porch, and the simplicity of the window sash detailing are indicative of a transitional style built on late Queen Anne precedents but anticipating the emerging craftsman style. The triangular portion of the gable above the upper floor windows is built out to fill the area under the overhangs at the two side elevations, another feature suggestive of Queen Anne antecedents. The porch is situated in a notch in the northeast corner of the structure. A group of three double-hung windows are centered in the east-facing wall to the south of the porch. The upper undivided sash of the middle unit is much smaller than the lower sash. The flanking units have undivided upper and lower sash of equal size. Two large double-hung windows are paired and centered in the east face of the large hip roofed, clapboard clad dormer that dominates the west elevation. A group of three windows similar in configuration to the group located at the main level east façade is situated roughly in the center of the south elevation. A small double-hung window is located to the west of this central group. A single tall double-hung unit is located near the south east corner of the house. Two similar double-hung units are located in the gable above, separated by a few feet but symmetrically placed either side of the gable centerline. Two smaller single sash units are symmetrically located outboard of the two double-hung units. The organization of windows at the north elevation appears much more haphazard. A single large double-hung unit dominates the gable at the upper level, although it is joined there by three smaller windows. A door at the half level between the basement and the main level is located near the center of the elevation. A small rectangular unit is high in the wall near the notch made by the front porch; a pair of undivided double-hung windows is located near the west end of the elevations. The back (west) side of the house cannot be observed from the street. No significant modifications are apparent. The decorative – though almost certainly not original -- shutters in evidence at the front of the house when it was surveyed in 2004 have been removed and the house has recently been repainted.

Detail for 3815 Densmore AVE / Parcel ID 4083303865 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 3815 Densmore AVE / Parcel ID 4083303865 / Inv #

Photo taken Jul 20, 2004
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