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Summary for 1505 N 43rd ST N / Parcel ID 2513000060 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Dutch Colonial Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1916
This house was erected in 1915-16. It was designed and built by the owner, Stephen Berg , a merchant builder whose firm (located at 607 Leary Building when the permit application was filed) was responsible for a significant number of buildings erected in Wallingford following World War I. This particular residence, built just prior to American participation in the war (and at the end of the neighborhood’s first building boom), seems to anticipate the post-war popularity of the Dutch colonial style and its significance as an important element of Berg’s successful business model in the 1920s. A detached garage was built about the same time as the main structure but has not survived in its original form. The house is significant as an intact example of a typical Dutch colonial residence by Berg’s firm and because it conveys a sense of his impact on the character of the neighborhood. As with many houses of this style, it is located at a corner where its symmetrical front can be appreciated from one street and its distinctive roof form can be appreciated from another.
This house is a two-story frame residence on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The main level is faced with brick veneer; the upper level and gable ends are clad with wood shingles. The gambrel-roofed structure is typical of the Dutch colonial revival cottages that became popular after the First World War. The roof eaves terminate in a close cornice at the north and south elevations of the structure; close rakes characterize the gable ends. A sunroom projects to the west from the rectangular footprint of the main house. This is a typical feature of Dutch colonial revival structures. The flat roof of the sunroom also functions as a deck, and two pairs of doors, flanking the centered, side gable chimney, open to this deck from the west end of the second story. The deck railing appears to have been modified since 1937. The walls of the sunroom appear to consist almost entirely of windows. Long regularly divided transom units extend over groups of two or four undivided casements at the three exterior elevations of the sunroom. The small entry portico, centered in the main volume of the house and consisting of a classical pediment supported by two simple tapered columns, is another feature often associated with the Dutch colonial style. The porch roof is sloped so that its ridge engages the horizontal line formed by the base of the second story dormer; the gutter that wraps the porch above the entablature continues the gutter at the eave of the gambrel roof. Symmetrically placed either side of the entry are two window groups. Each features a large double hung window with a regularly divided upper sash over a somewhat larger, undivided lower sash, flanked by two narrow double hung units with equally proportioned upper and lower sash. Above the main floor, two large double hung windows, each with a regularly divided upper sash over an undivided lower sash of equal size, are symmetrically placed at either end of a shed-roofed front dormer. A group of three double hung windows, a central unit flanked by two much narrower units, is centered in the dormer over the entry. There appear to be no obvious modifications to the exterior of the building other than the deck rail adjustment noted above.

Detail for 1505 N 43rd ST N / Parcel ID 2513000060 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Shingle, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Gambrel, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 1505 N 43rd ST N / Parcel ID 2513000060 / Inv #

Photo taken Jul 13, 2004
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