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Summary for 3629 Woodlawn AVE / Parcel ID 4083305945 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1919
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
The house was erected in 1919 using day labor. It was built for owner Alvah L. Carr, whose address is listed as 3405 Fremont Avenue on the building permit. The designer was building contractor Albert J. Carr according to the permit application (#179351). The original structure is described as a 1-1/2 story, 26’ x 38’ cottage; however, the upper level appears to have remained an unfinished attic until after the Assessor surveyed the house in 1937. A garage was erected at the site in 1920; Humphrey R. Carr is listed as the owner, builder and garage designer on the permit (#193704). H. R. Carr was apparently involved with real estate sales or development in Fremont and lived at 3629 Woodlawn with his wife Hattie beginning in 1920. Alvah L. Carr apparently still owned the house when the Assessor surveyed the house in 1937, although H. R. Carr and his family remained the only residents until 1959. The house appears t have been vacant in 1960, however, a new owner, Roy Aspiri upgraded electrical service to the house in 1962. Jaime Smith appears to have acquired the property in 1965. Modifications to the heating system were completed for Smith in 1967 and the basement was partitioned in 1970. Smith appears to have remained in residence at the house until 1980. Bernard A. Jalbert appears to have acquired the house in 1980 or 1981. A permit (#602010) was issued to Jalbert in 1983 for a change of use that allowed conversion of the structure into a duplex. The conversion had to be continued under a second permit (#607304). The final inspection was completed in November 1984. Electrical work was completed at about the same time. The current owners Eugene and Pamela F. Edgar bought the property from Jalbert and his wife in 1988, although the Jalberts and another tenant appear to have still been living at the house in 1990. Although this structure has been converted from a single family residence to a duplex, the building remains significant as a structure that has retained its design integrity and as a fine example of the Craftsman style and of the typical housing being built in Wallingford just after the First World War, at the beginning of Seattle’s second north end building boom.
This is a 1-1/2 story, clapboard clad frame residence built over a full basement on a concrete foundation. The upper level does not appear to have been finished until after the house was surveyed by the Assessor in 1937. The moderate slope of the cross gabled roof, the open soffits and exposed rafter tails, the triangular timber knee braces that appear to be mortised through the wide bargeboards they support, the timber trellis that spans across the street façade south of the projecting entry porch, the battered built-up wood piers standing atop clapboard clad frame pedestals at the outside corners of the porch cover and at the south end of the trellis, and the ganged bungalow type windows all identify this structure as an example of the Craftsman style. Floor plan changes may have been necessitated by the conversion to duplex use in 1983; however, there are no obvious traces of these changes at the exterior of the building. The siding may have been renovated or replaced in kind, and the stucco-like material at the apparently half-timbered gables may in fact be a textured panel product. Some storm windows appear to have been added. No other significant modifications are apparent.

Detail for 3629 Woodlawn AVE / Parcel ID 4083305945 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood, Wood - Clapboard, Plywood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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 Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
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 3629 Woodlawn AVE / Parcel ID 4083305945 / Inv #

Photo taken Jul 23, 2004
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