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Summary for 5117 5th AVE / Parcel ID 9550204140 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Cottage Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1929
This tudor cottage was erected in 1928-29 by the firm of A. J. Allen & Son, a local merchant builder (6510 17th Ave. N. E.) that owned the property at the time of construction. The design is probably from a collection of stock plans, or was prepared by the builders, who were responsible for the design and construction of several other tudor cottages in the Wallingford neighborhood; in any case, there is no record of the architect's name. The house is significant as a representative example of the tudor cottage style, which became popular in the later years of the North End's second construction boom between 1918 and 1930, and also as an intact example of the work of A. J. Allen & Son.
This house is a brick clad, 1-1/2 story frame residence on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The high slope roof, close cornice and close rake, and brick gables are all typical elements of the Tudor cottage style. A pair of tall double hung windows are centered in the south side gable; a chimney separates the pair at the north side gable, which faces the cross street at this corner site. The leg of the subtle "L" shaped plan approaching the front of the lot is surmounted by the larger of the two front gables. Two tall divided casement windows occupy the gable itself; a square picture window flanked by two tall divided casements together light one of the reception rooms in the body of the house below. A similar three-part window assembly is centered in the wall south of the entry. The entry porch extends from the inside corner of the "L" shaped plan and projects beyond the face of the house itself to provide a landing for the stairs approaching from the north. The smaller of the two front gables surmounts the entry enclosure. The small shed roofed, wood clad dormer straddling the entry gable, and a similar but much larger dormer at the rear (west) elevation are also typical features for houses of this type. Although laid up in common bond, some of the bricks have been allowed to protrude slightly from the face of the masonry veneer, giving the façade a somewhat rustic texture. The basement garage is an original feature, however, the garage door appears to have been replaced and the small roof over the projection of the garage looks new.

Detail for 5117 5th AVE / Parcel ID 9550204140 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard, Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
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.

Photo collection for 5117 5th AVE / Parcel ID 9550204140 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 25, 2004
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