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Summary for 4219 Corliss AVE / Parcel ID 0510004210 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1913
Building contractor P. E Wentworth erected this house in 1913. On the building permit, Wentworth is identified as the owner of the property as well (his address is listed there as 4328 Eastern). The Craftsman Bungalow Company designed the structure according to the building permit; however, this may simply indicate that Wentworth used a stock plan developed by that firm. Henry L. Loveless, a later owner, added a garage to the property in 1916. This structure is significant as a nicely renovated and well-maintained example of a small craftsman bungalow designed by Craftsman Bungalow Company and erected by a merchant builder active in Wallingford during the later years of Seattle’s first north end building boom (the period during which this structure was built), and in the early years of its second building boom.
This is a one-story, shingle-clad frame residence on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The moderate slope of the side-gabled roof, the wide bargeboards supported by triangular knee braces, the exposed roof framing at the undersides of the overhangs, and the rectangular, gable-roofed bay at the south end of the structure are all features commonly associated with craftsman style bungalows. The detailing of the front porch and the configuration of the windows are also typical of craftsman design. The porch extends toward the street at the north end of the east elevation. The gable end of the porch roof faces the street, but the porch is entered under the porch cover’s south-facing eave (which is continuous with that of the main roof) by way of a concrete stair that rises along the east wall of the house. Built-up wood piers stand on shingle-clad, wood-capped pedestals, extending from grade to slightly above porch rail height, and support the outside corners of the porch roof. The simple railing is constructed of heavy wood members in typical craftsman fashion. The entry door is centered in the porch bay and is flanked by full-height sidelights divided in an 8 x 2 pattern. In the front wall south of the porch is a window assembly consisting of a large central double-hung window with a small upper sash divided in a regular 2 x 6 pattern over a larger lower sash and two smaller flanking double-hung units, each with an upper sash divided in a 2 x 3 pattern. A brick chimney stands near the east (front) end of the south elevation where it is flanked by two double-hung windows similar to those that flank the central window in the front wall. A window assembly identical to that in the front wall is centered in the gabled bay that extends into the side yard from the middle of the south elevation. Two small, undivided double-hung windows are paired to the west of the bay and near the west end of the south façade is another window partially hidden by a large bush. There is no attic window in the gable at the south elevation. The north and west elevations are not visible form the street. The west elevation is at the rear of the house and mature landscaping hides the north elevation. The appearance of the structure was substantially altered at some point in the years between 1937 and 1957. The porch for a time features metal post at its to outside corners as well as a metal handrail, and the house was clad for several years with asbestos shakes. At some point after the 1950s the home was renovated into a form close to its original appearance.

Detail for 4219 Corliss AVE / Parcel ID 0510004210 / 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
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 4219 Corliss AVE / Parcel ID 0510004210 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 17, 2004
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