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Summary for 6036 S REDWING ST S / Parcel ID 7129303395 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne Neighborhood: Rainier Beach
Built By: Year Built: 1906

This house is significant due to its architectural style, intactness, and its occupancy history. The occupants’ professional association with businesses in the Rainier Valley reflects the valley’s historical role as a transportation and commercial corridor uniting the residential neighborhoods in South Seattle.

This single-family residence is located in the Rainier Beach neighborhood at the southern end of Rainier Valley. It was constructed in 1906. The Polk directories list Harold L Kenkman as the primary resident from 1935 through 1969. Harold was the baker and manager at his family’s business, the American Cake Company on Rainier Avenue. Beginning in 1948, Mrs. M. M. Pitcard, a music teacher, also resided in the house.

Substantial residential and commercial development in South Seattle and the Rainier Valley occurred when a transportation corridor connecting the Rainier Valley to downtown and Seattle’s industrial district was constructed along Rainier Avenue during the late nineteenth century. Development in the valley was facilitated by logging during the 1880s, the operation of the Rainier Valley Electric Railway in the 1890s, and the Jackson and Dearborn Street re-grades in the 1900s. Milling was the primary commercial industry during the last part of the nineteenth century although some agricultural activity existed. As residential development increased, Rainier Avenue gradually became the principal commercial corridor connecting the residential neighborhoods of South Seattle to downtown, the International District, and Seattle’s industrial districts. World War II brought additional building growth related to the wartime industry, as well as the influx of defense workers to nearby Boeing and the Duwamish shipyards. 

The Rainier Valley remains a crucial corridor uniting the neighborhoods of South Seattle and connecting them to downtown, Seattle’s industrial districts, and the International District.

The elevated rectangular lot for this single-family residence is located between South Carver Street and South Redwing Street. The lot was platted for the Rainier Beach Addition and is oriented southeast toward South Redwing Street. Constructed in 1906, this two-and-a-half story Queen Anne style house has 2,560 square feet of living space. Its rectangular floor plan and poured concrete foundation support a balloon-framed superstructure. The gable-front roof is punctuated by three, gabled roof dormers, along the north slope and a center gabled wall dormer on the south slope. The entire roof system is covered by asphalt composition shingles. A shallow balcony is located in the front gable end, as well as at the center gabled roof dormer. The house is clad in wood board siding, and a two-tiered, full-width porch extends along the front and northeast elevations. The simple porch supports have decorative corner-bracket detailing. Spindle work friezes and railings are located along the porch, as well as in the upper story verandahs. A bay window is located on the front facade, and windows are generally hung-sash or fixed with architrave surrounds. This house retains many of its Queen Anne stylistic features and remains a character-defining house in the Rainier Beach neighborhood.

Detail for 6036 S REDWING ST S / Parcel ID 7129303395 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood 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: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Other: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
Dorpat, Paul, “101 The Railroad Avenue Elevated,” Seattle, Now and Then, Seattle: Tartu Publications, 1984.
Bagley, Clarence B. History of Seattle, Washington. Chicago: S.J. Clarke, 1916.
Berner, Richard. Seattle 1921-1940: From Boom to Bust. Seattle: Charles Press, 1992.

Photo collection for 6036 S REDWING ST S / Parcel ID 7129303395 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010
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