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Summary for 3811 S Ferdinand ST S / Parcel ID 1702901605 / Inv #

Historic Name: Peirson Apartment Building Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts, Vernacular Neighborhood: Columbia City
Built By: Year Built: 1908
This apartment building was built in 1908. The building was constructed as an apartment building a year after Columbia City was annexed by the City of Seattle. Early ownership history is unknown, although the construction of the building is attributed to Van R. Peirson. Peirson built and owned the two houses directly east of the subject property, only one of which is extant. Peirson was mayor of Columbia City from 1903 to 1906. W.B. Severyne sold the property to John and Annie Mason in 1936. In the 1930s and 1940s the building was occupied by laborers and workers employed in the Columbia City area. This building is significant as the oldest extant apartment building in the Columbia City historic district.
This intact story two apartment building, originally a duplex, is of wood frame construction and is supported by a concrete foundation. The building has a rectangular plan and a hip roof form with a prominent centered front gable with gable end returns and decorative brackets. The building has a full width front porch divided into three separated entrances. The center entrance is arched and covered by the overhanging front gable end. The entrances on either side of the centered entrance have gable roofs supported by tapered columns. The second story of the centered front gable features a balcony. Corner box bay windows, also with decorative brackets, are located on either side of the balcony. The building is clad in clapboard and shingle siding. The fenestration consists of single hung windows with decorative multi-pane upper sashes. On the first story, windows are located next to each of the side entrances. On the second story, windows are located in the corner box bay windows.

Detail for 3811 S Ferdinand ST S / Parcel ID 1702901605 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Centennial History, Columbia City, Rainier Valley, 1853-1991, Pioneers of Columbia City. Seattle, Washington, 1992.
King County Tax Assessment Rolls, Washington State Archives.

Photo collection for 3811 S Ferdinand ST S / Parcel ID 1702901605 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 22, 2004
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