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Summary for 6212 CARLETON AVE / Parcel ID 2734100360 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Dora E. Carle House Common Name: Tim O'Brian House
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1900
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.

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 historic character of the Georgetown neighborhood. This is a particularly well-preserved historic property that appears to possess architectural and/or historic significance. This property appears to have been carefully rehabilitated since it was identified in the 1997 HRI project. It retains a distinctive building form, historic building fabric and features.

(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. It is known to have been owned (by c. 1921) by Dora E. Carle (see GT074). Dora Carle was the daughter of Julius and Anne Horton and sister to George Horton (for whom Georgetown was named). She was married to Will Carle, the manager of the Duwamish Valley News, a member of the Georgetown City Council, and a State Senator. The Carles are not known to have ever resided here. 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 generally well preserved 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 prominent one story building form accentuated by a medium pitch roof, a projecting front porch and original tall, narrow double-hung windows. The house is currently clad with the original rustic siding and includes original Queen Anne style gable end ornament. The form of the house is similar to the typical 19th c. front gable house and is distinguished by prominent gable end returns, corner boards and wide gable and eave trim. The footprint of the main gable portion of the house is 24’ x 36’ and includes a small one story rear wing with porch. Exterior alterations of note include the apparent removal of spindle work from the front porch, however a portion of the central brick chimney remains in place.

Detail for 6212 CARLETON AVE / Parcel ID 2734100360 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Post & Pier
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
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
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.
O'Brian, Tim. "Georgetown Historical Places" Construction Chronology.

Photo collection for 6212 CARLETON AVE / Parcel ID 2734100360 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 24, 1997

Photo taken Sep 20, 2014
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