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Summary for 612 S FINDLAY ST S / Parcel ID 1722800325 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Reinsdorff House Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1900

This historic property was identified in the 1997 HRI; however, based on field work conducted in September 2014 it has been demolished and is no longer extant.

This property is associated with the residential and commercial building boom in Georgetown which occurred between 1890 and 1916. Fueled by the construction of the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company’s new brewing facility after the turn of the century and the arrival of foreign immigrants, especially German and Italian, Georgetown came to rely more on its commercial and industrial bases rather than agricultural. With the increase of industry and business, Georgetown had grown in population from 1,913 in 1900 to approximately 7,000 by 1910 as families located themselves near its factories and other places of employment. This property is associated with the Reinsdorff family (known to have resided here by 1912) who may have owned the house by c. 1910. Rudolf George Reinsdorff was a teamster with the American Paper Company and resided elsewhere in Georgetown with several other family members by 1905. Carl Reinsdorff (possibly R.G. Reinsdorff’s son), a teamster and salesman with the Asphaltum Products company appears to have owned the house with his mother, Bertha, in later years. This property may pre-date the construction date identified on assessor’s records and is worthy of additional research to determine a more accurate date of construction and original ownership.
A highly deteriorated, however generally intact example of Queen Anne residential design, a dominant architectural style used for domestic building during the late 19th C. Although deteriorated and altered, this residence exhibits distinctive design features and historic building fabric, including: an asymmetrical building form accentuated by a square corner tower element, cut-away porches and off-set multiple gable front elevation, bracketed wooden tower cornice, turned porch posts and spindle-work, and multiple-pane (9/1) colored window glazing. Original tall, narrow double-hung windows and ornate glazed entry doors (one w/distinctive glazing bounded by smaller colored panels) remain in place. Foundation and chimney brick is orange in color and is indicative of under-fired masonry materials that were locally manufactured during the settlement era. The original cladding (variegated w/scalloped and square cut shingles and narrow clapboard) is currently concealed by brick-pattern asphalt siding. The tower roof was originally a steeply pitched pyramidal form, gable spindle-work has been removed, and the central chimney has been lowered in height. A one story shed that exhibits a front-gable roof form, mud sills, plank doors and clapboard siding is situated behind the residence at the alley side.

Detail for 612 S FINDLAY ST S / Parcel ID 1722800325 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos Foundation(s): Brick
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: 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 612 S FINDLAY ST S / Parcel ID 1722800325 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997
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