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Summary for 823 S ORCAS ST S / Parcel ID 172280-0980 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Doris Rhodes House Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1905/1914

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 a partly altered historic property that may possess some limited architectural and/or historic significance. Constructed ca.1905 as a two-story, 8-room family dwelling, this house type/form (hipped with cutaway entry porch) is a variation on the popular American Four Square house type and exhibits modest Craftsman design features indicative of the era. According to King County tax records it was originally clad with variegated cladding (narrow horizontal cedar siding at the first floor/shingle siding at the second floor & dormer), included cottage window and typical double-hung sash and wide overhangs and exposed rafter ends. King County tax records indicate that it was remodeled in 1914, although it appears to have been very intact in 1937. It was further remodeled after 1959; at which some of the cladding was replaced by asphalt shingles and some original windows were replaced.  Earliest ownership has not been determined. Owned by Doris Rhodes (2-4-15) and Mary A. Davis (12-4-41).

This property is directly associated with the crucial years of early Georgetown history between 1890 and 1916 when the community was fully established, as transportation links were created and local industrial operations provided employment opportunities. As land claims were formally platted and family homes constructed, residential real estate development transformed Georgetown from a rough pioneer settlement to a formally chartered city. The most significant residential and commercial construction boom occurred in the first years of the twentieth century with the consolidation of the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company’s operations in Georgetown and the construction of the new brewing facility. With the increase of industry and local commerce, Georgetown grew from a population of 1,913 in 1900 to approximately 7,000 by 1910. The community was characterized by a mixture of modest working class housing and some high-style architecture and a population made up of many newly immigrated people, especially German and Italian immigrants. Although Georgetown came to rely much more on a commercial and industrial economic base rather than agricultural, farming activities did continue to flourish in the area. However, during the latter years of this era the initial construction of the Duwamish Waterway - and the elimination of the Georgetown oxbow segment of the river - created new industrial opportunities and ensured the future role of modern industrial development.

Sources of Information:

Baist’s Real Estate Survey 1912, pl. 22 & 29

 “Historic Property Survey Report: Georgetown (Seattle, WA)” City of Seattle 1997

KC Property Record Cards 1937-1972, Puget Sound Regional Archives

Sanborn Insurance Maps: 1904-05 (Vol.1 pl.89-98), 1917 (Vol.3 pl. 353-54 & 357-59), 1929-1949 (Vol.8 pl. 869-72 & 1301-1317).

(1997) Picture windows have replaced a few of the original windows. Craftsman door at the back of the house. Exposed rafter ends. Cut-away porch with new turned post and bracket. New "Victorian" style screen door. Plywood panels at second floor level. Hip dormer with original mutli-light sash. Beaded board porch roof. Shed cladding is similar to the base siding on the house and has beaded board doors.

Detail for 823 S ORCAS ST S / Parcel ID 172280-0980 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard, Wood - Shiplap Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
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
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 823 S ORCAS ST S / Parcel ID 172280-0980 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 20, 1997

Photo taken Sep 12, 2014
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