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Summary for 605 S BRANDON ST S / Parcel ID 172280-0065 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Louis Zimmerman House #2 Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Georgetown
Built By: Year Built: 1905

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 partly altered historic property that may possess some limited architectural and/or historic significance. Constructed ca.1905 as a small one-story, 4-room family dwelling, this house type/form (hipped roof with cut-way corner porch) appears to have been a particularly common/popular early house type built in Georgetown. As virtually identical house most certainly constructed by the same builder is located on the adjacent lot (601 S. Brandon St.). According to King County tax records they were both originally clad with horizontal cedar siding and exhibited double-hung cottage type window sash (w/ ornate upper sash members) and a small front gable at the porch. King County tax records indicate was that both houses were owned by Louis Zimmerman (4-7-1911) and a subsequent owner C.E. Murray (5-24-1943).

This property is directly associated with the crucial years of early Georgetown history between 1890 and 1916 when the community was fully established, as transportation links were created and local industrial operations provided employment opportunities. As land claims were formally platted and family homes constructed, residential real estate development transformed Georgetown from a rough pioneer settlement to a formally chartered city. The most significant residential and commercial construction boom occurred in the first years of the twentieth century with the consolidation of the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company’s operations in Georgetown and the construction of the new brewing facility. With the increase of industry and local commerce, Georgetown grew from a population of 1,913 in 1900 to approximately 7,000 by 1910. The community was characterized by a mixture of modest working class housing and some high-style architecture and a population made up of many newly immigrated people, especially German and Italian immigrants. Although Georgetown came to rely much more on a commercial and industrial economic base rather than agricultural, farming activities did continue to flourish in the area. However, during the latter years of this era the initial construction of the Duwamish Waterway - and the elimination of the Georgetown oxbow segment of the river - created new industrial opportunities and ensured the future role of modern industrial development.

Sources of Information:

Baist’s Real Estate Survey 1912, pl. 22 & 29

 “Historic Property Survey Report: Georgetown (Seattle, WA)” City of Seattle 1997

KC Property Record Cards 1937-1972, Puget Sound Regional Archives

Sanborn Insurance Maps: 1904-05 (Vol.1 pl.89-98), 1917 (Vol.3 pl. 353-54 & 357-59), 1929-1949 (Vol.8 pl. 869-72 & 1301-1317).

See description above

(1997) Cottage - small entry at porch. Original door - ornate panel with glazed pane. Wood steps with checks. Cut-away porch with wood columns. Tall, narrow double-hung sash @ side elevation. Exposed rafter ends. Scalloped facia board at porch gable.

Detail for 605 S BRANDON ST S / Parcel ID 172280-0065 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip 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 Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 605 S BRANDON ST S / Parcel ID 172280-0065 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Mar 17, 1997

Photo taken Sep 15, 2014

Photo taken Sep 15, 2014
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