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Summary for 5801 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 3868400140 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Scott and Imogene Woodin House (and Office) Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1904
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.

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 historic character of the Georgetown neighborhood. This is a particularly well-preserved and distinctive historic property that appears to possess architectural and/or historic significance. This property is very well preserved and maintained; it exhibits no substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project.

See separate HRI database report for this address that includes additional photogrpahs.

(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. The original owner of this residence was Scott P. Woodin, a physician and surgeon, who resided here with his wife, Imogene, and also had his office at this address. The residence is situated in close proximity to the site of the old King County Hospital (constructed c. 1893-1894) where Dr. Woodin assisted Dr. Willis H. Corson, the hospital’s superintendent from 1906 to 1912. In 1928, the Seattle Park Board approved a Community Club petition to change the name of the adjacent park to the "Imogene Woodin Playfield," honoring the most active promoter of the playfield who had died in 1919. This residence is worthy of additional in-depth research.
(1997) A particularly well preserved example of a popular eclectic residential design based on the American Four Square or Box vernacular house type. This Box vernacular house type was commonly constructed throughout the American West during the later half of the 19th C and the early decades of the 20th C. This particular example exhibits highly distinctive design features and historic building fabric that reflect popular residential design modes from the late 19th C. & early 20th C, including Queen Anne, Craftsman and Colonial Revival architectural styles: a full two story with flared hipped roof form with wide ornate bracketed eaves, offset entry porch, multiple bay windows and a combination of tall, narrow double-hung and cottage type windows (some include ornamental mullions & beveled/leaded glazing). The house is clad with variegated siding: cedar clapboard and shingles and includes trim and architectural features that emphasize its horizontality. The design is further distinguished by numerous features drawn from the popular early 20th C. Craftsman and Colonial Revival designs: an offset projecting entry porch with hipped roof supported by classical entablature trim and sets of square (1) and round columns (2) on wooden plinths, and a central low pitched hipped dormer with wide ornate bracketed eaves. With the exception of some basement level window replacements, there are no exterior alterations of note. This residence appears to have been constructed according to a architect designed builder’s plan or may possibly be an Aladdin type mail order catalog home.

Detail for 5801 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 3868400140 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
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, Health/Medicine
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Sherwood, Don. Seattle Parks Histories, c. 1970-1981, unpublished.
O'Brian, Tim. "Georgetown Historical Places" Construction Chronology.

Photo collection for 5801 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 3868400140 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Sep 12, 2014

Photo taken Sep 12, 2014
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