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Summary for 3819 Densmore AVE / Parcel ID 4083303855 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1909
 
Significance
This house was erected in 1909 according the King County Property Record Card for the property begun in 1937, and in 1911 according to the King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report accessed 2004 The original building permit fro the structure cannot be located, so the original owner, builder and designer remain unknown There is no record of a garage ever having existed at this site. Although there is also no record of any substantial additions or modifications to the original house, it appears an addition may have been built at the south end of the west elevation. This structure is significant as a particularly well-maintained example of early two-story craftsman bungalow design built in the initial years of Wallingford’s first building boom.
 
Appearance
This is a two story, clapboard and stucco clad frame residence on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The simple rectangular footprint, the moderate slope of the front gabled roof, the wide bargeboards supported by heavy triangular timber knee braces, the unenclosed structure at the undersides of the roof overhangs, the exposed rafter tails, the detailing of the windows, and the projecting porch, are all typical of craftsman work. The porch features a roof similar in shape and detailing to the main roof, and a stucco clad gable similar to that associated with the main roof. A horizontal trim band wraps the structure at the base of the porch gable which appears to be supported by two square built-up wood piers that stand on the low, solid, clapboard clad porch sidewalls flanking the top of the entry stair. A shed-roofed, clapboard-clad bay to the north of the porch projects toward the street from the front (east) elevation. The bay appears to be supported by projecting timber elements of the floor structure. A group of three double-hung windows is centered in the bay. The upper sash of each unit is smaller than the lower sash and features leaded glass organized in a decorative geometrical pattern; the flanking windows are narrower than the central unit. The head casing of the window group centered in the upper level of the east elevation is extended across the face of the facade, forming a horizontal band that separates the stucco of the gable from the clapboards below. Vertical wood trim pieces extend up from this element to the base of the knee braces supporting the roof overhang above. The window group is similar in configuration to the group in the street-facing bay below; the upper sash of each unit features similarly designed leaded glass. Symmetrically placed, small, nearly square casements float near the corners of the house in the clapboard field to either side of the central window group. A horizontal trim assembly featuring a bullnosed cap wraps the house at the base of the larger upper story windows, connecting their sills and dividing the wide clapboards of the upper story from the narrower clapboards of the body of the house below. Another shed-roofed bay projects into the side yard from the north elevation. A group of three windows is centered in the face of this bay. However, although this group initially appears to be similar to the group at the front facing bay, the central unit of the north facing window group is not full height or double-hung, so that the group forms an inverted “U.” The remaining windows at the north and south elevations of the house seem pragmatically placed. One of them is coordinated with the bullnosed trim element that wraps the house, but most are not. Four of them are double-hung units; five are fixed windows or casements. Wide rectangular glass brick windows illuminate the basement from the two side elevations. A wide horizontal trim element that forms a base for the siding -- and the projecting bays -- appears to function also as a head casing for the basement windows. The back of the house cannot be observed from the street, although it appears an addition has been appended tot he southwest end of the structure. No other significant modifications are apparent.

Detail for 3819 Densmore AVE / Parcel ID 4083303855 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, 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: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
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 3819 Densmore AVE / Parcel ID 4083303855 / Inv #


Photo taken Oct 27, 2004
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