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Summary for 6444 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734101090 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Ross and Velma Farmer House Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1907

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 an altered but relatively intact historic property that may possess some limited architectural and/or historic significance. This property exhibits no substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project. However, due to foliage it is difficult to view/document.

(1997) 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. The original owner or builder of this residence have not been identified. The house was owned by Ross (and Velma) Farmer by 1939 who resided there as well. Ross Farmer is known to have worked as a carpenter in the early 1940s.
A generally intact however altered example of a hipped-roof vernacular house type. This small house type was commonly constructed throughout the American West during the later half of the 19th C and the early decades of the 20th C. This example exhibits distinctive design features and historic building fabric associated with popular architecture design modes during the late 19th C: a distinctive one-story cottage form accentuated by hipped roof with pedimented gable over entry porch, a typical cut-away front entry porch and a combination of original tall, narrow double-hung and cottage windows with diamond patterned upper sash. The house is currently clad with stone pattern asphalt siding (painted) laid over the original rustic siding and board skirting. It includes modest features drawn from the popular late 19th C. Queen Anne design modes: prominent porch gable and ornamental cottage windows. The footprint of the principal portion of the house is 26’ x 32’ and includes a small one story rear wing. Exterior alterations of note include the likely removal of spindle work from the front porch, however a significant portion of the central brick chimney remains in place.

Detail for 6444 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734101090 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Other Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
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 Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 6444 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734101090 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 25, 1997

Photo taken Sep 18, 2014
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