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Summary for 6244 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 3465800060 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: George W. Bissell House #2 Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1926

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 exhibits no substantive changes to the exterior appearance since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project.

(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. This residence was one of two homes in Georgetown known to have been built/developed by George W. Bissell. George Bissell was a lumber grader for the Elliott Bay Mill Company and resided nearby in another property he built in 1920 (see GT049).

A generally intact, however altered, example of an early 20th C. residential design that includes distinctive late Bungalow design features. This residence was constructed according to a house plan that was popularly used during this era and is similar to numerous late Bungalow designs available through architect/builder’s plan books and Aladdin type house catalogs. This residence exhibits design features and historic building fabric that reflect the popularity of earlier Craftsman/Bungalow designs in combination with Colonial Revival design modes: a one story multiple front clipped-gable form with a projecting central entry porch. The house is distinguished by low roof pitches, wide barge boards, wide overhanging eaves and kneebraces. The entry porch includes sets of square wooden columns supported on a low plinth wall. The windows are typically double-hung with distinctive prairie style upper sash members. The house is currently clad with aluminum siding (installed c. 1958) laid over the original narrow clapboard. An original oval glass panel entry door appears to remain in place.

Detail for 6244 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 3465800060 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Metal - Aluminum Siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable - Clipped Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
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 6244 CORSON AVE / Parcel ID 3465800060 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Apr 22, 1997

Photo taken Sep 20, 2014

Photo taken Sep 20, 2014
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