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Summary for 1210 4th AVE / Parcel ID 173280-0039 / Inv #

Historic Name: Farnsworth, George and Marjorie, House Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Georgian Revival Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1926
 
Significance
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.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This house was constructed in 1926, probably as a speculative house, by Frank Dever, a local contractor. It is a very good example of the Georgian Revival style, which was popular in Seattle, and on Queen Anne in particular, during the 1920s. A very similar house is located a few blocks away at 1824 7th Ave. W. The first owner is not known. The first identified occupants were George and Marjorie Farnsworth; Mr. Farnsworth was a vice president of Marsh and McLennan, insurance brokers. They lived here from at least 1938 until the 1960s. John W. Wright, an investigator for the Seattle Municipal Court, owned the house in the 1960s-70s. The house was altered slightly in 1949, when the garage, accessed by a very steep drive, was converted to a basement recreation room.
 
Appearance
This is a well-detailed example of the Georgian Revival style, with a hip roof, multicolored brick cladding and a symmetrical fa├žade. The entry portico, reached by two steps, has a flat roof with modillions, supported by a pair of round fluted columns. The top of the portico is a small balcony with a black wrought iron railing; a multipaned Palladian window with 8-light leaded sash opens onto the balcony. The entry has an oak door with plain sidelights, flanked by two large windows with 11-light transoms. Above these on the second floor are two twelve-over-one double-hung windows. Windows on other elevations have a twelve-over-one configuration. There is an external brick chimney on the east elevation.

Detail for 1210 4th AVE / Parcel ID 173280-0039 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
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 1210 4th AVE / Parcel ID 173280-0039 / Inv #


Photo taken Sep 29, 2004
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