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Summary for 3822 Densmore AVE / Parcel ID 4083303805 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Wallingford
Built By: Year Built: 1913
This house was erected 1912-13. It was designed and built by the owner, David R. Tomlin who gave his address as 4244 10th N. E. on the permit application. He probably built the house for rental or resale, as he is listed as a Congregationalist minister in later city directories and apparently never resided at 3822 Densmore. The King County Property Record Card for this parcel suggests that George L. Casper, a millworker, had acquired the property by 1923. Although the structure is described as a one-story residence on the building permit, the attic was at least partially finished when the Assessor surveyed the structure in 1937. A garage had been built on the site at some point prior to that year; however, there is no record of the date of construction or of the name of the builder and designer. This structure is significant as an intact and well-maintained example of craftsman bungalow work exhibiting Asian influence in its design.
This is a 1-1/2 story, clapboard clad frame residence on a concrete foundation over a 3/4 basement. The simple rectangular footprint, the moderate slope of the front gabled roof, the wide bargeboards supported by triangular timber knee braces, the unenclosed structure at the undersides of the roof overhangs, the exposed rafter tails, the detailing of the windows, and the projecting porch, are all typical of craftsman work. The extended notches in the bargeboard and the medallions on the face of the bargeboard, and the horizontal bias of the elevations, despite the numerous vertical trim elements embedded in the siding, give the building an Asian flavor. The entry porch stretches across the front elevation of the house. The extended arch-like element at the base of the entry gable appears to be supported at each end by a stout, square, built up pier that bears on a capped brick pedestal extending from grade to shoulder height. Two square, built up newel posts flank the entry stair as it rises to meet the porch deck. Heavy wood bungalow type porch railings extend between the brick pedestals and the house and between the pedestals and the newel posts. A double-hung window is centered in the front gable. The upper sash is divided into twelve lights organized in a pattern of six short lights over six tall lights; the lower sash is undivided and much taller. Similar, but larger, windows are located to either side of the entry door at the back wall of the porch. The door is centered on the axis of the house and the flanking windows are situated much nearer the door than to the outside corners of the house. A cross gable is visible near the back (east) end of the structure’s south elevation. It is associated with a bay that projects into the side yard from the south wall of the building. A double hung window is centered in the gable itself; a group of four windows is centered in the bay at the main level. A chimney is situated half way between this bay and the front corner of the house. It appears to be flanked by tall windows, one to each side. At the north elevation, a bay is tucked below the roof overhang at the north elevation. The details of most of these features cannot be discerned from the street; the side elevations are difficult to see because of mature landscaping. Although the back end of the house cannot be observed from the street, it is visible from a mid-block alley and appears to have been substantially remodeled. A pair of glazed doors open to a ground level deck in the back yard; two wood windows, each divided into three large, vertically stacked lights, are situated in the center of the rear gable; a modern kitchen bay window projects south from the east end of the south elevation. No other significant modifications are apparent.

Detail for 3822 Densmore AVE / Parcel ID 4083303805 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard 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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Windows: Slight
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 3822 Densmore AVE / Parcel ID 4083303805 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 27, 2004
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