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Summary for 1709 N 47th ST N / Parcel ID 4083802220 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1913
Erected in 1913 just after the peak of the first North End building boom. The house was designed and built by the owner, R. A. Ellis. The terrace garage was built in 1921 by Charles F. McKeehan, who had acquired the property by that year (the original garage doors appear to have been removed). The house is significant as an example of the craftsman bungalow style adjusted to incorporate Asian elements. Except at the side elevation overhangs, where the undersides of the overhang have been enclosed and the rafter tails hidden, the structure maintains a high degree of integrity.
This is a one story, wood clad frame residence on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The gables are shingled; wood clapboards comprise the weather surface at the body of the house; shingle siding appears again at the skirting below main floor level. Craftsman elements include the low sloped roof, the wide bargeboards supported by triangular knee braces, the square built up wood piers born on brick pedestals supporting the main gable over the full width front porch, and the ganged double hung windows. The latter are organized in a typical pattern consisting of a central window unit flanked by two narrower units. Each unit consists of a small, undivided upper sash over a large, undivided lower sash The typical craftsman elements are joined by other less common details evocative of east Asian architecture. The bargeboards appear to have been modified with cutouts that give them a more delicate appearance. The roof flares up at the peak of the gable, and three rows of decorative bracketing have been integrated with the shingle layout at the gable’s face, mimicking the stacked and corbelled (rather than trussed) roof structure of Japanese houses and emphasizing the horizontal lines of the building. Other design elements with a strong horizontal bias include the exceptionally wide attic window and the uninterrupted lines of the porch rail between piers. The undersides of the roof overhang at the east and west elevations of the structure, typically left exposed in a house of this style, appear to have been enclosed at some point since 1937, and the rafter tails were hidden by the addition of a fascia, probably when the new soffits were built. The upper sash of the double hung windows, and the fixed sash of the attic window, may have been replaced in kind but without divided lights; these sash appear to be multi-paned in the 1937 photograph. The original entry door has been replaced with a unit that would be more at home on a Tudor cottage. No other significant modifications to the house are apparent.

Detail for 1709 N 47th ST N / Parcel ID 4083802220 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
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
Other: Extensive
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 1709 N 47th ST N / Parcel ID 4083802220 / Inv #

Photo taken Jan 19, 2004
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