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Summary for 2209 N 43rd ST N / Parcel ID 0510004376 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1914
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Constructed in 1914, this craftsman bungalow was designed and built by its owner, P. E. Wentworth, who gave his address as 4210 Bagley Avenue N. on the permit application. The fact that Wentworth filled all three roles suggests that he was one of several merchant builders erecting bungalows in the Wallingford neighborhood in the first two decades of the 20th Century. A garage was added to the site in 1923 by the owner at the time, H. S. Barttow. A current resident of the structure believes the house was published in an early 20th century bungalow magazine. The building is significant because is an intact, well maintained, and somewhat atypical example of the craftsman bungalow style in Wallingford. The cavernous porch, the exceptionally rugged articulation of the masonry work, the placement of the chimney on the street (north) elevation, and the absence of any major windows at the structure’s most public façade are all unusual features.
This is a one story, shingle clad frame residence built on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The low-sloped roof, relatively broad overhangs, wide bargeboards, and exposed rafter tails, all immediately identify the building as a craftsman bungalow. At the side gables of the primary roof, decorative triangular knee braces appear to support the bargeboards. The large entry porch gable facing the street to the north of the residence gives the essentially rectangular building the appearance of an “L” shaped structure (the ridge of the roof over the entry is perpendicular to that of the main roof). The porch is deeply inset at the northeast corner of the building but projects beyond the building’s north and east elevations. The bargeboards at the entry gable are supported by a triangular knee brace at the peak and by apparent roof beam extensions nearer the eaves. The porch roof is supported by three nearly full height, battered, brick and cobblestone piers; each pier is capped by a stone slab. Decorative timber cribbing at the top of each pier bears the weight of the doubled timber beams at the base of the entry gable. Centered in the back (south) wall of the porch is a relatively small rectangular leaded glass window. The glazed entry door is located in the west wall of the porch. The porch roof overhang extends beyond that of the side gable above and the back end of the porch roof is faced with a bargeboard having dimensions similar to those over the porch entry, giving the porch the appearance of a separate, if abutted, structure. A relatively massive brick and cobblestone chimney is located at the street side elevation and takes up a substantial portion of the wall area west of the porch, where it penetrates the eave. The surface of the dark masonry at the chimney, and at the porch piers, is purposefully rugged, giving the house a very powerful rustic character. Broken bricks at the top of the chimney make the termination seem ragged – as if the top of the chimney had been torn off in a storm. The chimney is flanked by two tall, slender bungalow style double hung windows; two rows of three narrow lights divide the small upper sash of each window, the much larger lower sash is undivided. Although the entry steps are thought to have originally been made of wood, the present concrete steps appear appropriate to the design; a less appropriate metal rail has been added at the entry stairsas well. Gutters hide at least a portion of the rafter tails but appear to be a very early addition to the design.

Detail for 2209 N 43rd ST N / Parcel ID 0510004376 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Shingle, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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 Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 2209 N 43rd ST N / Parcel ID 0510004376 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 17, 2004
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