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Summary for 1845 N 52nd ST N / Parcel ID 9136102257 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1915
This structure was built 1915 according to the Assessor’s record. The early date of 1905 given on the Assessor’s Property Characteristics Report seems an unlikely date for a craftsman bungalow of this type. The original owner, designer and builder are unknown (permit not yet located). Edward J. Perry, the owner of the property in 1921, built a sleeping porch and added a stairway to the attic that year. The house is significant as an intact example of a craftsman bungalow from the second decade of the 20th Century. It is especially interesting because of the Asian characteristics that have worked their way into the details of the design.
This is a 1-1/2 story, shingle clad, frame residence on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The low slope of the side-gabled roof, the wide bargeboards supported by triangular timber knee braces, the windows with muntins arranged in typical craftsman manner, the four piece bungalow style window (long transom unit over a nearly square central window flanked by two vertically oriented rectangular units) centered in the north elevation east of the porch, and the rectangular bay with gable roof projecting from the west elevation of the structure are all typical elements of the craftsman bungalow style. The muntin patterns in the dormer and gable windows are particularly characteristic of craftsman style houses. In the windows at these locations, a large central pane is flanked on all four sides by narrow rectangular panes, and where the muntins cross at the corners of the glazed opening they form small squares panes of a width equal to that of the flanking rectangles. Long rectangular panes that appear to be stacked in a kind of running bond are featured in the transom element of the four unit bungalow style window assembly at the north elevation. A similar pattern is employed at the small porch window. The entry porch is inset at the northwest corner of the rectangular floor plan but also projects forward toward the street from the north elevation. Built-up, battered wood piers support the gabled porch cover and, in turn, are borne by shingle-clad pedestals extending to grade either side of the entry stair, all in typical craftsman manner. At the dormer, the gable roof overhang, bargeboards, and knee braces are comparable in dimension with similar elements elsewhere in the façade. As a result, the dormer enjoys a great deal of visual weight in the overall composition of the north elevation. The ridge flares upward at the peak of every gable, adding a strong Asian flavor to the design of the building. Some of the basement windows appear to have been modified. The kitchen was remodeled and a porch enclosed in 1991-92, according to the permit record; however, this work is not visible from the street. No other significant modifications are apparent.

Detail for 1845 N 52nd ST N / Parcel ID 9136102257 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood 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: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 1845 N 52nd ST N / Parcel ID 9136102257 / Inv #

Photo taken Feb 29, 2004
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