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Summary for 812 E GWINN PL E / Parcel ID 1959702250 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1904
This is a somewhat unusual hybrid structure that exhibits a high degree of integrity, with no significant changes to its appearance since 1937 except for the replacement of the garage doors.

This is one of approximately 2,200 houses that are still extant out of more than 5,000 that were built by the end of 1906 in Seattle’s Central Area, Eastlake, First Hill, Leschi, Madison Park, Madrona, and North Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

A complete permit history and record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property. However, it appears the Columbia National Life Insurance Company owned the structure when it was surveyed in 1937.


King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972) Washington State Archives

King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report (; accessed October1, 2007)

This is a two story, shingle and stucco clad wood frame triplex on a concrete foundation, over a full basement.

The prominent gable-roofed, front facing dormer, with its wide barge boards supported by timber knee-bracing, its open soffits, banded windows combining paired casements with, distinctive double-hung windows, each featuring a small sash with divided lights over a larger undivided sash, sets the stylistic tone for this structure utilizing elements customarily associated with the Craftsman style. The relatively steep hipped roof, and the classical columns at the full width porch, could be viewed as a hold-overs from the Queen Anne style, but are not out of place on an early Craftsman residential structure. The large shed roofed dormer is an original feature of the building (or a very early addition). The metal railings at the upper level are also original or very early additions. More recent gutters hide the rafter tails, which were originally left exposed.

The date of this house is not yet precisely known (the King County Property Record Card gives the date as 1916; the King County Assessor Property Characteristics Report, accessed October 1, 2007, gives the date as 1904). The partially glazed, arch top, paired style and rail garage doors that originally allowed access to the daylight basement have been removed and replaced with more modern but less appropriate flush doors.

Detail for 812 E GWINN PL E / Parcel ID 1959702250 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip, Shed Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 812 E GWINN PL E / Parcel ID 1959702250 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Sep 29, 2007
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