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Summary for 3815 Burke AVE / Parcel ID 4083303630 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1922
This house was erected in 1922. It was designed and built by the owner, Oscar L. Patterson, who was living nearby, at 3823 Burke, when construction began according to the permit application. Patterson erected a detached garage in the last months of the main building’s construction. The structure was permitted as a one-story residence and the record of the Assessor’s survey completed in 1937 suggests that the attic was not habitable at that time. However, the upper level is presently occupied (according to the current King County Assessor Property Characteristic Report) and, although there is no official record to indicate when the attic was finished for residential use, such attic conversions were not unusual in the Depression and during World War II. The house is significant as an intact and well-maintained example of typical craftsman bungalow construction in the year following World War I when Seattle’s north end neighborhoods were enjoying their second building boom.
This is a 1-1/2 story, clapboard clad frame residence on a concrete foundation over a 3/4 basement. The moderate slope of the side-gabled roof, the unenclosed soffits at the overhangs, the wide bargeboards with scroll-cut ends and triangular timber knee braces, and the details of the entry porch all are typical elements of the craftsman style. A projecting porch is centered in the east (street) elevation, although the axes of the entry stair and front door are shifted to the south of the porch’s centerline. A rectangular attic window is centered in the porch roof gable facing the street and clapboards clad the gable above the horizontal trim element at the gable’s base. A wood beam appears to extend across the porch just below the horizontal trim element. The beam is supported by a pair of wood posts at each of the outside corners of the porch. These posts bears on a stone (or concrete) capped, stucco-clad brick pedestal. Similar pedestals flank the upper end of the asymmetrically placed entry stair. Heavy but low wood railings of typical bungalow style extend between the individual pedestals and between the outside pedestals and the body of the house. The door itself is flanked by two tall, undivided sidelights. To the north of the entry door, a large window assembly, consisting of a very wide transom-like unit with an intricate pattern of leading and faceted glass over three undivided units (a large central unit flanked by two vertically oriented rectangular units), lights the front room of the structure. High in the wall to the left (south) of the entry is a moderate size, nearly square window with leading and faceting similar to that in the aforementioned transom-like unit. A chimney penetrates the east-facing slope of the north end roof overhang as it rises along the north elevation of the house. It is flanked by two, small, fixed windows with leaded glass, arranged in typical bungalow manner. Centered in the gable to the west of the chimney is another rectangular attic window. Farther to the west, a gable-roofed bay projects into the side yard from the north façade; the west facing slope of its roof is continuous with that of the main side-gable roof. Four double-hung windows are ganged together and centered in the north wall of the bay. To the west of the bay, two small double-hung windows light what is probably the kitchen; the wood sash at these windows have been replaced with aluminum, although the original casings remain. Two small, cased vent opening remain visible west of the kitchen windows, one situated a few feet directly above the other; however, these opening no longer appear to be functional. At the south elevation, the windows are organized much less formally. An attic window, which appears to have been modified or replaced, is centered in the gable. At the main level, a small fixed window is located high in the wall east of the gable centerline and two larger double-hung units are paired just to the west. Toward the back end of the elevation, a single double hung window, similar and size and configuration to the paired unit, lights the back end of the house. A smaller double-hung unit is located in the wall between the westernmost window and the pair. The building is much deeper than it is wide. As a result, the ridge of the roof at the back of the house is perpendicular to that of the side-gabled roof at the front. It is not clear if the back elevation of the structure features a gable or a hipped end because the west (rear) elevation of the structure cannot be observed from the street. A hefty sill piece functions as a water table, wrapping the house at porch deck level and dividing the narrow clapboards of the body of the house from the wider clapboards of the building’s skirting. Two basement windows penetrate the skirting towards the back end of the south elevation. The house shares a hip-roofed garage with the structure immediately to the north; the driveway passes between the two houses and the garage straddles the west end of the property line dividing them. As noted above, several openings have been modified. The entry door appears to have been replaced. A cap of some sort appears to have been added to the chimney. The bricks of the masonry pedestals at the porch, originally exposed to view, were stuccoed at some point after 1937. No other significant modifications are apparent.

Detail for 3815 Burke AVE / Parcel ID 4083303630 / 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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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.

Photo collection for 3815 Burke AVE / Parcel ID 4083303630 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 27, 2004
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