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Summary for 4127 Eastern AVE / Parcel ID 9178601165 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Queen Anne Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1914
This house was built in 1914 according to the King County Property Record Card (1937) and this assertion is repeated in the King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report (accessed 2004). The original owner, builder and designer are not known; the building permit for the house has not yet been located. Eleanor Gooch owned the house when the Assessor survey the property in 1937. The Assessor’s records indicate that Gooch and her husband, Edward H. Gooch, acquired the property in 1915, shortly after the house was built. Eleanor Rezner added a garage to the property in 1923. Rezner is listed as both the owner and the contractor on the permit application. It is not known if Rezner and Gooch were, in fact, the same person, although this seems likely given the date of construction and the ownership information available from the King County Property Record Card. Edwin T. and Lillian Hillier are the residents listed in the 1938 edition of Polk’s Seattle Directory. Walter T. Neubert lived in the house through most of the 1940s and William H. Kerr lived there in the early 1950s. The structure was resided by Radrick Construction Company Inc. for owner Harry E. Congdon in 1957 (permit #453232). The original patterned sidewall shingles were replaced or covered by a new larger shingle material at that time. The large decorative planter box at the base of the central window assembly on the east (street) elevation survived the residing but was removed at a later date. Thomas Dodgson and his wife acquired the property in 1964; however, William Oliver Allyn appears to have purchased the house within a year or two. Allyn upgraded the electric service in 1968. The current owner, Steve Wescott, bought the house from Allyn in 1989. Wescott modified the heating system in 1992 and 1998, upgraded the electrical system in 1999, and completed a seismic retrofit in 2000 according to City permit records. Despite being resided in 1957 and having some significant details modified more recently, the house retains much of its character and is significant as an example of a craftsman bungalow completed near the end of Seattle’s first north end building boom.
This is a 1-1/2 story, clapboard and shingle clad frame residence over a full basement on a concrete foundation. The moderate slope of the roof, the wide barge boards supported by triangular timber knee braces, the exposed rafter tails and open soffits, the bungalow windows and the heavy timber porch railing are all characteristic typically associated with craftsman bungalow design. Although the sidewall dormer at the north elevation is a feature more often associated with late Queen Anne style work, its detailing is clearly craftsman in its derivation and the house as a whole remains an excellent of a two story craftsman bungalow. The combed shingles above the “belly band” at all four elevations appear to have replaced the original patterned sidewall shingle siding. Portions of the stepped but continuous window head casing that originally ran across all three of the window assemblies at the upper story of the street elevation have been removed so that the central window group is no longer physically connected to the two small flanking openings. In addition the large decorative planter box initially situated at the base of the central window assembly has been removed. No other modifications are apparent.

Detail for 4127 Eastern AVE / Parcel ID 9178601165 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Combed, Wood, Wood - Clapboard 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 Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
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 4127 Eastern AVE / Parcel ID 9178601165 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 16, 2004
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