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Summary for 4211 Meridian AVE / Parcel ID 4083300995 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1924
 
Significance
This house was erected 1923-24. It was built and designed by the property’s initial owner, David E. Peterson, a carpenter who lived with his wife Augusta a few blocks away at 4319 Sunnyside Avenue N. The basement garage appears to be an original component of the design. John N. Norton was residing at this house by 1925 and appears to have purchased it by 1934. Home Owner Loan Corporation apparently acquired the property in 1940 This structure is significant as an intact and well-maintained craftsman bungalow built in the middle of Seattle’s second north end building boom. (The house number is given as “4201” on some Kroll maps.)
 
Appearance
This is a 1-1/2 story, clapboard clad, frame residence on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The low slope of the roof, the wide bargeboards supported by triangular timber knee bracing, the unenclosed soffits and exposed rafter tails, the shed roofed “saddlebag” bays at the north and south elevations, the detailing of the windows and of the design of the front porch identify this structure as a craftsman bungalow. The upper sash of some of the double-hung windows, and the sash of several of the other windows feature a muntin pattern closely associated with the bungalow style. This pattern consists of horizontal muntins extending across the sash a few inches below the top rail and a few inches above the bottom rail, and vertical muntins extending from top to bottom an equal distance from each side of the sash, forming a nine light pattern made up of a large central light with narrow rectangular lights at the top, bottom and two sides and small square lights at the four corners. Battered, built-up wood pears on exceptionally tall brick pedestals extending from grade (near basement floor level either side of the basement garage entry directly under the front porch) to shoulder height at the front porch. It appears that the original glazed style and rail garage doors have been maintained. A group of three bungalow style double-hung windows, a wide unit with unequal sash flanked by two narrow units with equal sash, is located in the middle of the east (front) elevation to the south of the entry porch. In the center of the east-facing slope of the roof above is a gabled dormer. A group three small bungalow style double-hung units is centered in the dormer’s east façade. A chimney is grouped with two flanking single sash bungalow style windows at the east end of the south elevation. A shed-roofed bay at the middle f the elevation features a centered group of four bungalow style double-hung units. On axis in the gable above is a pair of bungalow style double-hung windows; a small, undivided window is tucked under the overhang to the east. West of the main level bay, two more bungalow style double-hung units are paired at the west end of the elevation and a smaller similarly configured window is located in the space between the westernmost pair and the bay. The north elevation is very similar, except that all the windows other than the pair of bungalow style double-hung units centered the gable are undivided. In addition, there is no chimney at the east end of the elevation between the two single sash windows, two rather than four double-hung units and ganged and centered in the bay, and two small windows are located either side of the central pair in the gable rather than the single unit found at the south wall. The west (rear) elevation is not visible from the street. The shake siding that was added to the structure at some point between 1937 and 1958 has more recently been removed; the clapboard siding the presently clads the structure is either the original siding reconditioned or replacement siding that has returned the structure to a condition very close to its original appearance. A large planter box that once formed part of the top rail of the porch railing has been removed an the porch railing has been modified to resemble a typical porch railing from the period of the structure’s original construction. No other significant modifications are apparent.

Detail for 4211 Meridian AVE / Parcel ID 4083300995 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Wood, Wood - Clapboard 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, Community Planning/Development
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.

Photo collection for 4211 Meridian AVE / Parcel ID 4083300995 / Inv #


Photo taken Oct 01, 2004
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