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Summary for 6942 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 3468800345 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Rudolf and Frieda Dreger House Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1919

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 relatively well-preserved historic property that may possess limited architectural and/or historic significance.  This property exhibits substantive changes to the exterior appearance/design character since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project: distinctive Prairie/Craftsman window sash members appear to have been removed. New vinyl windows have been installed in orginal openings.

(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 built for Rudolf (and Frieda) Dreger, a clerk at the Seattle Coal Company(?), who appear to have resided here from 1920 until c. 1970. (Ross Scribner, Contractor).
A well preserved example of an eclectic cottage similar to the side gable vernacular house type. This 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 distinctive design features and historic building fabric that reflect Craftsman/Bungalow style residential design modes popularized during the early 20th C: a one and ½ story cottage form with symmetrically placed entry porch and fenestration, and Prairie/Craftsman window design. The house is clad with original (or restored?) cedar clapboard siding and shingle skirting. It includes other distinctive features drawn from the popular early 20th C Craftsman/Bungalow designs: a low roof pitch with wide overhangs & kneebraces, a central projecting entry porch with prominent gable end (with wide barge board & kneebraces) supported by square columns on wire cut brick plinths and a central low pitched shed dormer with kneebraces.. The are no exterior alterations of note. This residence appears to have been constructed according to a standard builder’s plan or may be an Aladdin type mail order catalog home.

Detail for 6942 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 3468800345 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, 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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
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 6942 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 3468800345 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 25, 1997

Photo taken Apr 25, 1997

Photo taken Apr 25, 1997

Photo taken Sep 20, 2014
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