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Summary for 6443 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734100490 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Bernard Giancoli House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1912

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 a generally well-preserved historic property that appears to possess some limited architectural and/or historic significance. This property exhibits some changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project: there appear to be minor changes to windows (vinyl replacement units installed) and cladding materials have been repaired/restored.

(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. This house appears to have been built and initially owned by Bernard Giancoli, a Georgetown contractor who, along with other Giancoli family members, is associated with the construction of numerous buildings during this era. The Giancolis are associated with GT033, GT067, GT075, and GT085. Bernard Giancoli does not appear to have ever resided here.
An intact and unaltered example of an early 20th C. residential design that includes distinctive Bungalow design features. This residence was constructed according to a fairly common house plan that was used throughout the Seattle area during this era and is similar to numerous Bungalow designs available through architect/builder’s plan books and Aladdin type house catalogs. This residence exhibits design features and historic building fabric that reflect the popularity of early 20th C Craftsman/Bungalow design modes: a one story multiple front gable form with a projecting offset cut-away front porch. The house is distinguished by low roof pitches, wide barge boards, wide overhanging eaves and kneebraces. The entry porch includes square wooden columns supported by a low plinth wall. The windows are a combination of standard double-hung and cottage type. The house is clad with original (?) cedar clapboard which varies between narrow (at body) and standard (at base & gable end) widths. The variegated cladding treatment along with trim and architectural features emphasizes the horizontal design character. An original entry door appears to remain in place.

Detail for 6443 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734100490 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard 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, Ethnic Heritage
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
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 6443 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 2734100490 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 25, 1997

Photo taken Sep 18, 2014
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