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Summary for 6414 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734101035 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Barto Company House Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1903

Based on field work conducted in September 2014, this historic property retains its relationship to the streetscape, historic building form and a sufficient amount of exterior historic building fabric (design features, cladding and/or window sash/openings) to contribute to the distinct character of the Georgetown neighborhood.

This is an altered but relatively intact historic property that may possess some limited architectural and/or historic significance. This property exhibits some substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project.  It has been rehabilitated and clapboard siding restore or reinstalled.

(1997) This property is associated with the residential and commercial building boom in Georgetown which occurred between 1890 and 1916. Fueled by the construction of the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company’s new brewing facility after the turn of the century and the arrival of foreign immigrants, especially German and Italian, Georgetown came to rely more on its commercial and industrial bases rather than agricultural. With the increase of industry and business, Georgetown had grown in population from 1,913 in 1900 to approximately 7,000 by 1910 as families located themselves near its factories and other places of employment. The original owner or builder of this residence have not been identified. The house appears to have been owned by the Barto Company (a real estate, loan and insurance company) by 1923.
An altered, however partly intact, example of the gable-front and wing vernacular house type. This was a flexible domestic plan type popularly constructed throughout the American West during the later half of the 19th C and the early decades of the 20th C. This particular residence exhibits features derived from popular late 19th c. high stylistic architecture (Colonial Revival). Distinctive design features and intact historic building fabric include: a tall narrow one & ½ story building form accentuated by a medium pitch roof with prominent gable-end returns, front bay window, tall, narrow windows openings, and a partly intact rear-side (open) porch. The entire house is clad with brick-pattern asphalt siding that appears to have been applied over the original cedar clapboards. The original open front porch, situated at the juncture of the two wings, is fully enclosed. Additional investigation is necessary to determine if portions of the original porch maybe extant within the interior space. All of the original wooden, double-hung (1/1) window sash appears to have been removed and replaced with modern aluminum or vinyl products. The house was remodeled c. 1919 at which time the concrete basement with garage and concrete entry stairs were most likely added.

Detail for 6414 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734101035 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 6414 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734101035 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 25, 1997

Photo taken Apr 25, 1997

Photo taken Sep 18, 2014
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