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Summary for 6511 ELLIS AVE / Parcel ID 2734101125 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Frances L. Lavender House Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1911

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 no substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project.

(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 or builder of this residence have not been identified. Due to its form and historic building fabric, it appears to date from the late 19th C. It is known to have been owned by Frances L. Lavender by c. 1939. This property may pre-date the construction date identified on assessor’s records and is worthy of additional research to determine a more accurate date of construction and original ownership.
A partially intact however altered and deteriorated example of a side gable vernacular house type. This property is an unusual variation of the side gable house type that 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 common historic building fabric associated with building design modes during the mid to late 19th C: a one-story cottage form with a full width verandah porch and portions of original tall, narrow 2/2 double hung window sash. The house is clad with original rustic siding and includes corner boards, gable and eave trim. Gable end returns are constructed in a rather rudimentary fashion. The combination of modest features, 19th C. window sash and atypical floor plan are indicative of mid to late 19th C. settlement era construction.. The footprint of the principal gable portion of the house is approx. 18’x 40’ with a full width 4’ x 40’ porch. Exterior alterations of note include the removal of original window sash, additional window and door opening openings, possible porch post replacement. This was originally a one family house and was converted to two apartments c. 1941.

Detail for 6511 ELLIS AVE / Parcel ID 2734101125 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier, Unknown
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: Slight
Changes to Windows: Extensive
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.

Photo collection for 6511 ELLIS AVE / Parcel ID 2734101125 / Inv # 0

Photo taken May 02, 1997

Photo taken May 02, 1997

Photo taken May 02, 1997

Photo taken Sep 20, 2014
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