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Summary for 5103 Meridian AVE / Parcel ID 9136102537 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1912
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
This house was erected in 1912. It was designed and built by the owner, Craftsman Bungalow Company, Inc., located at Leary Building according to the permit application. Jud Yoho, a prolific Seattle bungalow designer who operated the Craftsman Bungalow Company, is listed as the applicant. The initial residents appear to have been Samuel Hunter, a logger, and his wife Gertrude. Two new windows were added in 1913. A. Shigley, of 6717 Division Avenue, applied for the permit and listed himself as the builder (Polk’s Seattle Directory indicates that two carpenters, Albert and Asa Shigley, lived at 6717 Division in 1913; it is not known if either of these men was the individual who acquired the building permit). Gertie Hunter is listed as the owner on the permit. The building was permitted as a single story residence, but the attic had three rooms that were at least partially finished when the Assessor surveyed the property in 1937. A later owner, B. D. Kresge, built a garage at the site in 1927. Almost 70 years later, in 1996, owners Peter and Patricia Ostrander legally established an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) at the property. Despite some modifications, this structure remains significant as an intact, well-maintained and especially interesting project completed in the middle of Seattle’s first north end building boom by Jud Yoho and his Craftsman Bungalow Company,.
This is a 1-1/2 story, shingle and stucco clad frame residence on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The low pitch of the roof, the overlapping gabes, the wide bargeboards supported by decorative roof purlin extensions, the unenclosed undersides of the roof overhangs, the exposed rafter tails (now hidden by added gutters), the prominent chimney at the front elevation, and the detailing of the porch all identify this as a craftsman style residence. The east elevation features two overlapping gables. A chimney is centered in the smaller gable that roofs a wing projecting a few feet toward the street at the south end of the façade; the chimney mass is flanked at first floor level by two stained glass windows. A group of three casements are centered in the larger gable north of the projecting wing. Below these windows is the east-facing slope of the roof protecting the front porch. The porch roof gable faces north and the roof itself stretches from the projecting wing at the south end of the front elevation to several feet beyond the house’s north elevation. The porch roof appears to be supported by timber columns centered on capped and battered stucco clad pedestals at the southeast, northeast and northwest corners of the porch and a system of timber beams. The entry stair approaches the house from the east at the porch’s south end and enters between the southeast pedestal and a lower stucco clad pedestal just north of the stair. The house entry is located in the north wall of the wing projecting toward the street. Three large double hung windows are ganged and centered in the west wall of the porch; each features an upper sash divided into eight lights in a 2 x 4 pattern over a larger lower sash, a typical configuration for windows at this site. A gabled wing extends about four feet to the north near the back end of the north elevation. A fully glazed back door with divided lights is located in the east wall of this wing; three windows are banded together and centered in its north wall. Between this wing and the porch are two window groups. One features a wide but short rectangular window situated high in the wall flanked by two narrower but taller units sharing the same header. To the west of this assembly is a pair of smaller windows. A large shed roofed bay is centered under the gable in the south elevation. A group of four windows is centered in the bay. The two central units are configured to match those at the porch; the out side units are narrower and feature six rather than eight lights in the upper sash. A similar three-window group is centered in the section of wall to the east of the bay. A small stained glass window and a pair of windows similar to those at the front porch are located in he wall to the west. A group of three double hung windows are located in the gable. Vertical muntins divide the upper sash of each unit into three lights and the lower sash into two lights. A new slider window unit lights the basement in the eastern half of the exposed basement wall. An older stained glass unit is located near the west end of the basement level wall. A garage with rooftop deck presently stands just a few feet from the west wall of the house. It is not known if this is the structure built in 1927; its styling would suggest that it is not. The west, or back end of the structure can be observed from a portion of N. 51st Street to the southwest and appears to have been remodeled. However, there is no public record to establish the extent of the modifications and it is difficult to say precisely what has been changed and what is original. The double-hung window at the south end of the main level is configured to resemble those at the south elevation. This window, and the two stained glass windows units distributed across the elevation to the north appear to be original. It seems clear that a new basement door has been added at the south end of the façade below. On the other hand, the unusual, greenhouse-like bay built under the overhang and centered on the axis of the roof ridge at the west-facing gable could be an original feature but is more likely a relatively early addition. In any case, the elements in question do not seem to be visible from most of the street front of the property. The prominent east elevation chimney appears to have been shortened slightly and has lost some of the detailing that originally decorated the upper end of the chimney shaft. No other significant modifications are apparent.

Detail for 5103 Meridian AVE / Parcel ID 9136102537 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco, Wood 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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
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 5103 Meridian AVE / Parcel ID 9136102537 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 02, 2004

Photo taken Mar 02, 2004
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