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Summary for 324 NE 50th ST NE / Parcel ID 9550205110 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1909
This craftsman bungalow was designed by E. Becket and built by Vargasse Land Company. Construction was completed in 1909. The property owner at the time of construction is not known (the name of the owner is not legible on the permit application). An addition to the residence, projecting eastward from the northeast corner of the building and including the basement level garage, was designed by owner H. J. Gibney and built in 1922-24. The building is significant because it is an intact, well maintained, and typical example of the early craftsman bungalow style in Wallingford.
This is a one story, shingle and clapboard clad frame residence built on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The moderately-sloped, front gabled, overhanging roof, and the wide bargeboards supported by diagonal timber braces identify the building as a craftsman bungalow. A relatively small entry porch projects toward the street from the southwest corner of the house. Built-up wood piers, supporting the small gable porch roof, stand on masonry pedestals that are integrated with the brick porch rail and entry stair system. A gable capped corner bay projects from the façade at the intersection of the south and east elevations. The windows at this bay are identical double-hung units, one facing south and the other facing east to light the interior of the front room. Each of these windows consists of a small upper sash, divided into 21 small square lights, over a larger undivided lower sash. The east wall chimney is located just north of the corner bay. A group of three somewhat narrower double-hung windows are centered in a second east-facing bay just north of the chimney. The windows here are configured to resemble the windows in the corner bay, although they have fewer lights in the upper sash due to their diminished width. The sills of all these major windows coincide with a drip mould that wraps the house at porch rail height. A wing projects eastward from the northernmost quarter of the east elevation. This extension increased the floor area of the main level and allowed a garage to be added at basement level. A group of three double-hung windows are centered over the garage doors in the south elevation of the wing, each unit featuring a nine light upper sash over a larger undivided lower sash. A single double-hung unit of similar configuration is situated in the north end of the east elevation. Unlike the major windows of the original house, these units are not coordinated with the drip band and thus appear to float free in the elevation. The addition’s east-facing gable at the does not have a significant overhang and, for this reason, is not furnished with the typical craftsman bargeboard and knee bracing featured on the other gables. All of the gables share a similar siding pattern; the upper portion of each is finished with shingle siding, while the lower portion is clad with the clapboards siding extending up from the body of the house. The proportion of shingles to clapboards varies from gable to gable, as does the trim detail dividing the two siding types. The corners of the building are cased, a detail that simplified installation of the siding by making it unnecessary to miter the siding material at the transition from one elevation to another. The rafter tails, left exposed in typical craftsman manner when this house was built, are now hidden by gutters. The attic window in the front gable, originally divided in a pattern similar to that of the upper sash of the main windows, has been replaced. The half glazed style and rail garage doors initially installed at the addition have been replaced with doors of a similar style but without glazing. The chimney appears to have been reduced in height somewhat, and something resembling a chimney pot now projects from its top. No other significant modifications are apparent.

Detail for 324 NE 50th ST NE / Parcel ID 9550205110 / 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: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 324 NE 50th ST NE / Parcel ID 9550205110 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 24, 2004
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