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Summary for 2407 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 701320-0152 / Inv #

Historic Name: McGovern, Hugh, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1910
 
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 gable front house is a good example of Craftsman detailing. Craftsman was probably the most popular style found in Seattle homes built between 1905 and 1925. This example is more vertical in form than the more common horizontal bungaloid form. Notable Craftsman details seen here include the gabled corner bay and entry porch, the shed roof dormer and bay, the carved bargeboards and brackets and the half-timbered detailing. The ornate windows, however, are more typical of the earlier Queen Anne style. This house was built in 1910 by Lewis B. Tanner of the Merrimac Investment Company. Tanner most likely built it as an investment, as directories list his occupation as a manager of the Producers and Consumers Association, with a residence on 26th Avenue NE. The builder and architect are not noted on the permit; the house may have been built from a pattern book design. The first known owners were Allen and Ada Schumaker (1932-39). Some later owners or tenants were Jack and Rosemary Shepherd (1948), Gerald and Zola Linn (1958), and Hugh L. McGovern, who appears to have remained in the house the longest, from 1962 until the 1980s.
 
Appearance
The fa├žade of this Craftsman house has three gables: the tall, relatively steep main gable, a small projecting gabled porch (with a simple wood balustrade) on the south side of the main (east) elevation, and a gable-roofed projecting corner bay at the south end. The main gable and the porch both have bands of dentils. Other ornamentation includes decorative brackets on the main gable, carved bargeboards on all three gables, simple half-timbering in the main gable end, and wood belt courses above and below the first floor windows. In the center of the second story is a projecting grouping of three windows with decorative transoms (with wood muntins rather than lead). A horizontal window below, the sidelights at the front door and the windows in the first-floor bay have the same geometric pattern. Windows on the other elevations are one-over-one double-hung sash. The south elevation has a shed roof bay and a tall chimney of clinker brick .

Detail for 2407 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 701320-0152 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, 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: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 2407 4TH AVE / Parcel ID 701320-0152 / Inv #


Photo taken Mar 02, 2003
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