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Summary for 5400 Keystone PL / Parcel ID 9550201950 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Queen Anne - Shingle Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1912
This house was erected in 1912 according to the records of the King County Assessor. The building permit has not been located; as a result, the original owner, builder and designer are unknown. The original occupants appear to have been Henry W. Odom, a cashier with the county auditor, and his wife Ida. They owned the property by 1918 and applied for a permit to finish the attic that year. A permit was issued to owner Clifford C. Smith, a printed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, for the construction of a private garage in 1920; however, it is not clear if this structure was ever actually built. Jeanne E. Manner owned the property when the Assessor surveyed it in 1937. A later owner, Alton Wilson, built a detached garage at the site in 1979. The current owner purchased the house in 2000 and undertook a seismic retrofit in 2002-03; the kitchen and attic were also remodeled at that time This structure is significant because it is an intact, well maintained, and particularly fine example of craftsman bungalow design with large side gables and a typical bungalow porch stretched across the face of the structure.
This is a 1-1/2 story, shingle clad frame residence on a concrete foundation over a half basement. The low slope of the side gabled roof, the wide barge boards supported by triangular knee braces, the exposed and dramatically tapered rafter tails, the unenclosed soffits of the roof overhangs, and the detailing of the porch and windows all identify this structure as home built in craftsman bungalow mode. The large gable at the south side elevation (illustrated in the attached photograph) is reminiscent of shingle style design. An entry porch stretches across the front (west) elevation. The porch is divided into two unequal structural bays. The entry stair enters the porch at the southernmost bay which comprises about one third of the width of the house. Two pairs of wood posts stand atop cobble stone pedestals either side of the entry stair where it enters the porch. A third pair, supported by a third pedestal, is located at the northwest corner of the porch. Heavy wood railings stretch between the pedestals. The front door, featuring a single light divided in a 4 x 4 pattern of beveled glass, is on axis with the entry stair. To the north of the entry are two large double-hung windows, each with an upper sash divided into twenty-four small square lights in a 3 x 8 pattern over a larger undivided lower sash. A shed-roofed dormer, with doubled exposed rafter tails, is centered in the west-facing slope of the main roof. Four single sash windows, each divide into three tall rectangular lights, are banded together and centered in the west face of the dormer. A bay extends into the side yard at the middle of the south elevation. Three large double hung windows, each with an upper sash divided into fifteen small square lights in a 3 x 5 pattern over a larger undivided lower sash, are ganged together in the center of the bay’s south façade. Two similar windows are paired to the west of the bay. To the east is a group of three smaller double-hung units, each with an upper sash divided into three tall rectangular lights over an undivided lower sash of the same size. A similar but somewhat larger group of three double-hung units is centered in the gable above the bay. Smaller single sash windows of differing configurations are located to either side of the central group. The north elevation is more pragmatically organized. A group of three windows, each with an upper sash divided into three tall rectangular lights over an undivided lower sash of the same size, is centered in the gable. A smaller undivided double-hung unit is located to the east of the central group. At the main level, two single sash windows, each divided into nine lights in a 3 x 3 pattern, are located high in the wall near the west end of the façade. They appear to be symmetrically arranged either side of an interior element. Near the middle of the elevation is a pair of undivided double-hung windows; a similar single unit is located near the east end of the elevation and two smaller windows are scattered between. The east (rear) elevation is not visible from the street. Although disguised by their small size and the fact that they have been painted to match the field color of the house, new attic vents are located at various positions in the existing side gables. Storm windows have been added to several of the window openings. No other significant modifications are apparent.

Detail for 5400 Keystone PL / Parcel ID 9550201950 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, 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, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
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 5400 Keystone PL / Parcel ID 9550201950 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 17, 2004
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