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Summary for 4229 Corliss AVE / Parcel ID 0510004170 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1913
This house was erected in 1913. It was designed and built by the owner, Peter E. Anderson, a carpenter who gave his address as 1158 Denny Way on the permit application (it is listed as 1156 Denny in Polk’s Seattle Directory for 1913). Anderson appears to have owned the house at least until 1937, when the property was surveyed by the Assessor, and perhaps as late as 1951. It does not appear that a garage was ever built at this site. The permit record indicates that the basement was remodeled at the direction of the current owners in 2001-02. This structure is significant as an intact and well-maintained example of the craftsman bungalow style built in the course of Seattle’s first north end building boom. The structural system implied at the porch is particularly interesting.
This is a one-story, shingle clad frame residence on a concrete foundation over a full basement. The low slope of the front gable roof, the wide bargeboards (supported by triangular timber knee braces at the main house and decorative extended roof purlins at the entry porch), the unenclosed undersides of the roof overhangs, the partially exposed rafter tails, and the detailing of the windows and porch are all typical of the craftsman bungalow style. The front porch projects toward the street. The north-facing slope of its gabled roof is continuous with that of the main roof. The gable itself appears to be supported by four timber purlins located at its base. These purlins project beyond the gable’s shingled face and bear on a beam that stretches across the porch. The beam is supported at each end by an unusual masonry pier that mimics the more typical two-part craftsman structural element. The bottom of the member is square in cross section and forms a masonry pedestal for the upper portion, which although built of brick, is battered to resemble the built-up wood pier that most often occupies this position in craftsman style buildings. Heavy wood railings and an axial wood entry stair with flanking shingle-clad walls complete the otherwise typical craftsman composition. The glazed entry door (rectangular lights in a 6 x 3 pattern) is on axis with the stair and porch gable peak. A small window, divided into eight lights in a 2 x 4 array, is located high in the wall to the north of the entry. The building’s front room is illuminated by a window assembly consisting of three double-hung units centered in the east elevation of the house south of the entry. The central unit is wider with an upper sash divided into twelve lights in a 2 x 6 pattern over a larger, undivided lower sash; the flanking units are narrower with six lights in the upper sash, two lights tall and three lights wide. A chimney, with flanking windows similar to the unit located just north of the entry door (but with each divided into six lights rather than eight), is located at the south elevation near the front (east) end of the structure. A gable-roofed bay extends into the side yard from somewhat west of the center of the south façade. Three double-hung windows, each with an upper sash divided into eight lights in a 2 x 4 pattern over a larger, undivided lower sash, are grouped together and centered in the face of the bay. The wall west of the bay appears unfenestrated but cannot be clearly observed from the street. The north elevation features four windows. The easternmost and westernmost units are single double-hung units similar to the central unit in the assembly south of the porch in the front elevation. The westernmost window is considerably further from the northwest corner of the house than the easternmost is from the northeast corner. Nearly centered between the two double-hung windows are two much smaller units separated by a foot or two. The back of the house cannot be observed from the street. Wood handrails appear to have been added at the entry stair. Vinyl windows have been added at the base of some elevations for illumination of the basement. No other significant modifications are apparent.

Detail for 4229 Corliss AVE / Parcel ID 0510004170 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Shingle, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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 4229 Corliss AVE / Parcel ID 0510004170 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 17, 2004
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