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Summary for 706 S ORCAS ST S / Parcel ID 1722800755 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: N.O. and Mary Berg House Common Name:
Style: Ranch - Minimal Traditional Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1942

(2014) This property appears to be slated for demolition. 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 slightly 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 appears to have been designed and built by the owner, N.O. Berg. Permit records indicate that Berg was issued a permit to "erect one family residence per plan" ... "no garage" on August 6, 1942. By mid 1943, a permit for the "private garage" was issued. Assessor’s records describe the house plan as "home made."
A partly altered example of the earliest modern domestic design, the Minimal Traditional style. This was a dominant residential design mode during the late 1930s and early 40s that exhibits minimal design elements loosely based on earlier stylist, primarily Tudor, revivals and eclectic residential design modes. This design mode reflects the influence of European modernism and was the precursor to the widely popular Ranch and rambling Colonial designs of the post WWII era. This residence exhibits design features and historic building fabric that typify the Minimal Traditional design mode: a medium to low pitched roof form with a facade dominated by prominent front gable, tight eave and rake details, and minimal ornamental (Bungalow) design features. The house is distinguished by an asymmetrical facade and distinctive three part horizontally divided window sash. The majority of original windows remain in place and are typically three-part double-hung or casement type divided horizontally. The house is currently clad with aluminum that may be laid over the original wide cedar siding. The front porch includes a small gabled hood supported by kneebraces. The site includes a one-car garage designed in character with the residence.

Detail for 706 S ORCAS ST S / Parcel ID 1722800755 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Metal - Aluminum Siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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 Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.

Photo collection for 706 S ORCAS ST S / Parcel ID 1722800755 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Sep 12, 2014
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