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Summary for 2409 10th AVE / Parcel ID 787150-0675 / Inv #

Historic Name: Bauer, Gustave & Hester, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1906
 
Significance
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.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This modest cottage is notable for its unusual construction material, rough faced concrete block, which was typically used in Seattle only for basements and garages. The original owner and builder of the 1906 structure are not known. It may have been a pattern book house, as concrete blocks were more commonly found in such houses, particularly in the Midwest where fire was sometimes a greater concern, and wood often less available than concrete. A house very similar to this, in stone, was published in the November 1908 number of Gustav Stickley's magazine The Craftsman. It was termed "A Plain Little Cabin That Would Make A Good Summer Home in the Woods." In 1915 the house was purchased by Gustave J. Bauer, who owned a company providing tailors' supplies. He and his wife Hester apparently lived here into the 1940s. There were several owners during the 1950s-60s. The house has been altered by the removal of a hipped dormer that was originally on the front façade.
 
Appearance
This cottage has a hipped roof with deep eaves with curved brackets. The house sits low to the ground, with only a few steps up to the wide recessed porch with four round columns with simple capitals. The entry is in the center, flanked by four double-hung windows with leaded upper sections with a lozenge pattern. Windows on other elevations are one-over-one sash. The house’s notable feature is its exterior of rock-faced concrete block, a material that is little seen in Seattle neighborhoods. There is a side entry on the north and a rear deck with shingle cladding.

Detail for 2409 10th AVE / Parcel ID 787150-0675 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete - Block, Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Gowans, Alan. "The Comfortable House: North American Suburban Architecture: 1890-1930." Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1986.
Stickley, Gustav. Craftsman Homes. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1979 (reprint of 1909 edition)

Photo collection for 2409 10th AVE / Parcel ID 787150-0675 / Inv #


Photo taken Sep 29, 2004
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