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Summary for 6287 ELLIS AVE / Parcel ID 2734101195 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: George W. and Margaret Halstead 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 no substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project.

(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 George W. (and Margaret) Halstead by c. 1926. Halstead, a painter, resided here with his wife at least into the later 1930s. It is similar to several other small gable front cottages situated nearby. 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.
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, a small projecting central front porch, ornamental gable end window and original tall, narrow (two-over-two) double-hung windows. This cottage is approx. 500 sq. ft. and is currently clad with asphalt brick pattern siding apparently laid over the original rustic siding. 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. 18’ x 26’ and includes a small one story rear wing with porch. Exterior alterations of note also include the addition of eave brackets and the apparent removal of kneebraces from the front porch. A portion of the central brick chimney remains in place.

Detail for 6287 ELLIS AVE / Parcel ID 2734101195 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Other Foundation(s): Concrete - Block
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip 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
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 6287 ELLIS AVE / Parcel ID 2734101195 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 02, 1997

Photo taken May 02, 1997

Photo taken Sep 20, 2014
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