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Summary for 112 N BOWDOIN PL N / Parcel ID 1324300490 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Arthur W. & Goldie Sprague House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Fremont
Built By: Year Built: 1917
 
Significance
This distinctive and intact house is a good example of planbook sourced residential designs that were highly popular and prevalently used by home builders during this era. It was constructed in 1917 and is located in the Canal Addition, which was platted in 1887; thus, it was constructed after the earliest initial period of Fremont residential development. The house was constructed at a reported cost of $800.00 by James Cameron, a carpenter who appears to have initially resided there. Cameron identified himself as the owner, builder and architect on the permit application; however, the cohesive Craftsman style design appears to be drawn from an architectural planbook source or may be a pre-cut builder’s house type. Arthur W. and Goldie M. Sprague purchased the house in August 1919 and it appears to have remained in the ownership of the Sprague family for several decades; Goldie Sprague continued to reside here until c.1977. Arthur W. Sprague was the foreman of the Charles H. Lilly Co., a dealer in grain, flour, feed, cereals, seeds and poultry supplies that was located at Railroad Ave. S and S. Main Street. He subsequently worked for the Portland Seed Co. He was born in Oakfield, Maine and settled in Seattle ca. 1906. Prior to moving to this address he/they resided at 4223 First Avenue NW and 831 NW 52nd St. Arthur W. Sprague died in early April 1959 (Obit. Seattle Times 4/12/1959).
 
Appearance
Located mid-block with façade oriented to the south. 1-1/2 story, wood-frame, single family residence. Measures approx. 26’ x 46’ w/full concrete foundation and basement. Front gable form and cutaway entry porch. Distinguished by Craftsman style features: wide barge boards and roof overhangs, kneebraces, exposed rafter ends and a tapered porch column. Large one-story square bay window located at west elevation. Shed dormers located at east & west elevations. Original narrow horizontal cedar siding appears to remain in place at upper floor levels: shingle cladding at base separated by bull-nosed watertable. Original red-brick chimney located at west elevation. Original double-hung (and casement) Prairie-style wooden windows appear to remain in place. Original Craftsman style entry door with six-light upper panel appears to remain in place. Design of this house appears to be from a popular planbook source.

Detail for 112 N BOWDOIN PL N / Parcel ID 1324300490 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References
Seattle Public Library – Biographical Index File
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
King County Tax Assessor Records, ca. 1932-1972.
Baist Map of 1905, 1908 and 1912
Sanborn (Insurance) Map Company, Seattle, Washington, 1917.
City of Seattle DPD Microfilm Records.

Photo collection for 112 N BOWDOIN PL N / Parcel ID 1324300490 / Inv # 0


Photo taken Mar 21, 2009
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