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Summary for 6211 CARLETON AVE / Parcel ID 2734100025 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: C. Smet House Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1911

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 an altered but relatively intact historic property that may possess some limited architectural and/or historic significance. This property appears to have been renovated but exhibits no substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project.

(1997) This property is associated with the residential and commercial building boom in Georgetown which occurred between 1890 and 1916. Fueled by the construction of the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company’s new brewing facility after the turn of the century and the arrival of foreign immigrants, especially German and Italian, Georgetown came to rely more on its commercial and industrial bases rather than agricultural. With the increase of industry and business, Georgetown had grown in population from 1,913 in 1900 to approximately 7,000 by 1910 as families located themselves near its factories and other places of employment. The original owner/builder of this residence has not been identified. By 1916, it is known to have been own by Cyril Smet, a grocer who resided elsewhere in Georgetown. This property may pre-date the construction date identified on assessor’s records and is worthy of additional research to determine a more accurate date of construction and original ownership.
A deteriorated and slightly altered example of the gable-front vernacular house type. This was a common domestic plan type that was popularly constructed throughout the American West during the later half of the 19th C and the early decades of the 20th C. The gable-front facade exhibits distinctive design features and historic building fabric indicative of popular architecture during the late 19th C: a tall narrow one & ½ story building form accentuated by a medium pitch roof, a full width front porch, modest spindle work and original tall, narrow double-hung windows. The house is currently clad with asbestos shake siding applied over the original rustic siding. It is also distinguished by corner boards, gable trim and plain boxed eaves. The footprint of the main gable portion of the house is 18’ x 24’ and an historic one story addition with porch is situated at the rear elevation. Exterior alterations of note include the removal of a spindle frieze from the front porch however the brick chimney remains in place.

Detail for 6211 CARLETON AVE / Parcel ID 2734100025 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos Foundation(s): Concrete - Block
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
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 6211 CARLETON AVE / Parcel ID 2734100025 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 24, 1997

Photo taken Mar 24, 1997

Photo taken Mar 24, 1997

Photo taken Sep 20, 2014
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