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Summary for 818 S ORCAS ST S / Parcel ID 0001800066 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Val B. and Marie M. Morgan House Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1926

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 an altered but relatively intact historic property that may possess some limited architectural and/or historic significance. This property exhibits substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project: distinctive craftsman style windows appear to have been removed/replaced with vinyl units. 

(1997) This property is associated with an era of residential and commercial building between 1916 and 1942 which continued in Georgetown despite an acceleration of the trends toward the industrialization of the area. Significant changes came with prohibition and the closure of the brewery in 1916, the completion of the Duwamish Waterway in 1917, and the arrival of new businesses, such as the Boeing Airplane Company in 1916. In spite of the increasingly industrial nature of the area which had been zoned as such in 1923, residents of Georgetown continued to build new homes and businesses and to plan for a future in the neighborhood. This residence was constructed for Val B. (and Marie M.) Morgan, a mechanic, by Tony Junkley, according to a permit issued June 17, 1926. Val B. Morgan purchased the property in April of 1926 and continued to own it and reside here for many years.
A generally intact however altered example of an eclectic cottage similar to the side gable vernacular house type. This small 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 example exhibits modest design features and historic building fabric that reflect residential design modes popularized during the early 20th C: a one-story cottage form with symmetrically placed entry porch and fenestration, and Prairie/Craftsman window design. The house is currently clad with asbestos shingles laid over original clapboard siding and skirting. It includes other distinctive features drawn from the popular early 20th C. Bungalow, Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival design modes: a low roof pitch, a central projecting entry porch with prominent gable end returns (also at end gables) and a tapered end wall (wire cut) brick chimney. The footprint of the principal gable portion of the house is approx. 24’x 30’ with a sunroom addition (1933). Exterior alterations of note include some window and porch alterations. The site includes a garage designed in character with the residence.

Detail for 818 S ORCAS ST S / Parcel ID 0001800066 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos 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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 818 S ORCAS ST S / Parcel ID 0001800066 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Sep 12, 2014

Photo taken Sep 12, 2014
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