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Summary for 4718 4th AVE / Parcel ID 8818900270 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1914
This craftsman bungalow was erected in 1914, toward the end of Wallingford's initial building boom. The original owner, John Ruston (1307 14th Ave. N.) is also listed as the designer and builder on the building permit, suggesting that he wa developing the property for resale rather than building a home for himself. The basement garage was added in 1927-28 by contractor John Armstrong for the owner at the time, C. L. Young. Several minor adjustments compromise the building's integraity slightly; however, the building remains a significant example of a mature, builder-designed craftsman bungalow incorporating a vaguely asian flavor.
This one story, shingle clad frame residence was built on a concrete foundation over a 3/4 basement. The house initially appears to be a side gabled rectangular structure with its long side parallel to the street; however, the rectangular footprint actually extends much deeper into the site, requiring a cross gable to roof the back end of the house (the ridge forms a "T" not visible from the street). The low slope roof, the wide barge boards with decoratively figured ends supported by triangualr timber knee braces, and the exposed rafters in the overhangs are the first indication that the house is a craftsman bungalow. This impression is reinforced by the small attic dormer with its dramatic low slope gable roof, apparently supported by roof beam extensions, that is centered over the street elevation. The front porch runs the length of the street elevation and is characterized by three shingle clad battered piers each supporting a pair of square posts surmounted by a short beam. Each of these short beams appears to support part of the porch soffit and roof assembly above. These typical craftsman elements are linked by three equally spaced horizontal porch rails that give a somewhat asian look to the west elevation. The bay projecting from the south elevation has a gable roof integrated with the main roof of the house, rather than the shed roof typical of the craftsman style. The windows vary in configuration; the smaller units feature a single sash with divided lites; the larger units have a smaller, transon sized sash over a larger operating sash. The formerly exposed rafter tails are now hiden by an added gutter. The entry stairs have been modified and the garage door has been replaced.

Detail for 4718 4th AVE / Parcel ID 8818900270 / 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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.

Photo collection for 4718 4th AVE / Parcel ID 8818900270 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 19, 2004
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