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Summary for 309 W Prospect ST W / Parcel ID 388090-0005 / Inv #

Historic Name: Randall, Francis & Lucia, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1918
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This is an excellent example of a Craftsman bungalow, designed by a significant Seattle architect, George W. Lawton. Although a simple house, it exhibits such distinctive Craftsman characteristics as gabled dormers, extended rafter tails and a distinctive gabled porch with twin benches. It was built in 1918 for Carrie W. Wilson, by the contractor H. Gammill. Little is known about Wilson, but it was purchased in 1928 by Lucia Pierce, who appears to have later married Francis Randall, who was in the U. S. Navy. They lived here until 1952, when the house was purchased by James H. Murphy and then by Guy and Dorothy Kelly, who remained until 1971, when it was purchased by Kenneth D. Garrison, The house appears to be very intact. A deck was added on the rear in 1978, and some siding has been replaced. This is one of the smaller works of George Willis Lawton (1864-1928), who came to Seattle from Wisconsin in 1889. He first worked as a draftsman for Charles W. Saunders, and later worked in partnership with him (1898-1915). Among their remaining works from that period are Horace Mann School (1901-2), Beacon Hill School (1903-04) and the Masonic Temple (now the Egyptian Theater, 1912-16). They also designed the inventive Forestry Building (demolished) for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and the fair’s Women’s Building, which remains as Cunningham Hall. Lawton later worked with A. W. Gould on his most notable work, the Arctic Building (1913-17). He then practiced independently, during which time he designed this modest house. In 1922 he formed another partnership with an employee, Herman A. Moldenhour, with whom he designed many apartment and office buildings, including the Fourth and Pike Building (1927). Lawton died in 1928.
This simple craftsman bungalow has a side gable form with two small gabled dormers on the main (north) façade. Cladding is vertical boards. A gabled entry porch with an arched opening is at the center of the façade. The most distinctive features are the two built-in benches on the porch, giving it the feeling of an inglenook. The front door is flanked by 15-light windows, with a pair of six-over-one windows on each side of the porch. Eight-light awning windows are in the dormers. The roof has extended rafter tails, carved brackets and pointed bargeboards. A small enclosed gabled porch, much lower than the main gable, is at the west end. Doors on the rear (south) open to a deck.

Detail for 309 W Prospect ST W / Parcel ID 388090-0005 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Vertical - Boards 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
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
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.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed. Shaping Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Photo collection for 309 W Prospect ST W / Parcel ID 388090-0005 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 27, 2004
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