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Summary for 6279 ELLIS AVE / Parcel ID 2734101210 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Leonard Gehring House Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1900

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: a dormer has been added to roof slope and some modern vinyl window units installed. However, it has been rehabilitated and appears to be in good condition. 

(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 early residence have not been identified. It is known to have been owned by Leonard Gehring, a foreman at the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company and a Georgetown City Council member. It is unclear whether the Gehring family lived at this address or at a nearby/adjacent location. This house is similar in character and building fabric to several nearby residences. This property may pre-date the construction date identified on assessor’s records and is worthy of additional research to determine a more accurate date of construction and original ownership.
(1997)  A generally intact however deteriorated example of the gable-front vernacular house type. This was a common domestic plan type that was popularly constructed throughout the American West during the later half of the 19th C and the early decades of the 20th C. The gable-front facade exhibits distinctive design features and historic building fabric indicative of popular architecture during the late 19th C: a prominent one story building form accentuated by a medium pitch roof, full width front porch with spindle work, ornamental gable end window and original tall, narrow double-hung windows with heavy surrounds. This cottage is approx. 700 sq. ft. and is currently clad with the original rustic siding (with corner boards, gable and eave trim). The form of the cottage is similar to several other small front gable houses in the immediate vicinity. The footprint of the main gable portion of the house is approx. 24’ x 26’ and includes a small one story rear wing with porch. Exterior alterations of note also include the current entire removal of the foundation and the front porch deck with the house resting on jacks at the time of the field survey work. A portion of the central brick chimney remains in place.

Detail for 6279 ELLIS AVE / Parcel ID 2734101210 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): None
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development, Politics/Government/Law
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 6279 ELLIS AVE / Parcel ID 2734101210 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 02, 1997

Photo taken May 02, 1997

Photo taken May 02, 1997

Photo taken Sep 20, 2014
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