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Summary for 6718 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 3468800175 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Giovanni Devoto House Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1930

Based on field work conducted in September 2014, this historic property retains its relationship to the streetscape, historic building form and a sufficient amount of exterior historic building fabric (design features, cladding and/or window sash/openings) to contribute to the distinct character of the Georgetown neighborhood.

This is a somewhat well-preserved historic property that may possess some limited architectural and/or historic significance.  This property exhibits a substantive change to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project: garage door has been converted to separate unit entry.

(1997) This property is associated with an era of residential and commercial building between 1916 and 1942 which continued in Georgetown despite an acceleration of the trends toward the industrialization of the area. Significant changes came with prohibition and the closure of the brewery in 1916, the completion of the Duwamish Waterway in 1917, and the arrival of new businesses, such as the Boeing Airplane Company in 1916. In spite of the increasingly industrial nature of the area which had been zoned as such in 1923, residents of Georgetown continued to build new homes and businesses and to plan for a future in the neighborhood. The initial owner of this house appears to have been Giovanni Devoto, a laborer who resided here by 1932 and owned it until c. 1957. The contractor, Robert Catto, also built a commercial building in Georgetown a few years later (see GT109). (P.B. Hale, Architect/Robert Catto, Contractor)
A partly intact, however altered, hybrid example of Tudor Revival style design. This was a dominant residential design mode during the 1920s and early 30s that was loosely based on a variety of early English building traditions. This residence appears to have been constructed according to widely available house plans that were popularly used during this era and is similar to hybrid Tudor Revival designs promoted via architect/builder’s plan books and Aladdin type house catalogs. This residence exhibits design features and historic building fabric that typify the popular Tudor Revival (and Colonial Revival) design modes: a steeply pitched side gable roof form with its facade dominated by prominent steeply pitched front gables, narrow eave and rake treatment, and arched window opening. The house is distinguished by a slightly asymmetrical facade, a prominent pedimented and bracketed entry hood, and gable end returns. An internal wire-cut brick masonry chimney is visible. The facade is also dominated by a basement level garage entry with double doors that are multi-glazed wooden panel type. The windows are typically double-hung and set in groups with ornamental leaded glass upper sash members. The front porch includes a wire-cut brick masonry stoop that has been altered to include a wrought iron handrail and lion statues. The house is currently clad with what may be clapboard siding, however it does not appear to be the original siding material.

Detail for 6718 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 3468800175 / 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, Community Planning/Development, Ethnic Heritage
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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 6718 FLORA AVE / Parcel ID 3468800175 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 25, 1997

Photo taken Apr 25, 1997

Photo taken Sep 20, 2014
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