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Summary for 6248 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 3465800065 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: George W. Bissell House #1 Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1920
 
Significance

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; all of the historic window sash has been repalced with vinyl window units.


(1997) This property is associated with an era of residential and commercial building between 1916 and 1942 which continued in Georgetown despite an acceleration of the trends toward the industrialization of the area. Significant changes came with prohibition and the closure of the brewery in 1916, the completion of the Duwamish Waterway in 1917, and the arrival of new businesses, such as the Boeing Airplane Company in 1916. In spite of the increasingly industrial nature of the area which had been zoned as such in 1923, residents of Georgetown continued to build new homes and businesses and to plan for a future in the neighborhood. This residence was the first of two houses in Georgetown known to have been built/developed by George W. Bissell (see GT048). George Bissell was a lumber grader for the Elliott Bay Mill Company who resided her after 1920.
 
Appearance
A partly altered and deteriorated example of an early 20th C. residential design that includes distinctive Bungalow design features. This residence was constructed according to a fairly common house plan that was used throughout the Seattle area during this era and is similar to numerous Bungalow designs available through architect/builder’s plan books and Aladdin type house catalogs. This residence exhibits design features and historic building fabric that reflect the popularity of early 20th C Craftsman/Bungalow design modes: a one story multiple front gable form with a projecting nearly full width central entry porch. The house is distinguished by low roof pitches, wide barge boards, wide overhanging eaves and kneebraces. The entry porch includes tapered wooden columns supported by a low plinth wall. The windows are typically set in groups of double-hung and cottage type (with distinctive prairie style upper sash members). The house is currently clad with asbestos shingles laid over original rustic siding. The gable end of the entry porch roof includes variegated shingles including a distinctive sawtooth pattern.. The original variegated cladding treatment along with trim and architectural features emphasized the horizontal design character. A small shed (c. 1932) is situated on the site.

Detail for 6248 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 3465800065 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos Foundation(s): Post & Pier
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
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Extensive
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 6248 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 3465800065 / Inv # 0


Photo taken Apr 22, 1997

Photo taken Sep 20, 2014
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