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Summary for 6256 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734100995 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: John Finley House Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1905

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 substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project: modern vinyl window units have been installed.

(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/builder of this residence has not been identified. It is known to have been historically owned by a John Finley and an H. Olsen, dates not known.
A well preserved, however partly altered, example of the gable-front and wing vernacular house type. This was a flexible domestic plan type popularly constructed throughout the American West during the later half of the 19th C and the early decades of the 20th C. This particular residence exhibits spindle-work derived from popular late 19th c. high stylistic architecture (Queen Anne). Distinctive design features and intact historic building fabric include: a tall, narrow one & ½ story building form accentuated by a medium pitch roof, tall, narrow windows openings, and an intact central entry porch with turned posts and fretwork. The house is clad with original rustic/drop siding with corner boards and gable trim. The original open side porch, situated at the juncture of the two wings, has been removed. The original wooden, double-hung (1/1) window sash (and ornate panel entry door) appears to have been removed and replaced with modern aluminum or vinyl products since 1979.

Detail for 6256 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734100995 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: T-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 6256 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734100995 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 25, 1997

Photo taken Sep 18, 2014
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