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Summary for 726 N 47TH ST N / Parcel ID 9521100750 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Hans B. Grevstad House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Prairie Style Neighborhood: Fremont
Built By: Year Built: 1918
This house is a distinctive and intact example of Craftsman – Arts & Crafts style design with Prairie stylistic influences; it was certainly derived from a popular planbook source. The character and condition of the interior is not known. It is located in Woodland Addition to Salmon Bay City, which was plated by Robert D. McFadden in February 1887 and was one of the earliest platted and developed residential areas in Fremont. King County tax records indicate that it was built in 1918 during the later period of historic residential development in the district. Microfilm copies of building permit records for this property have been lost. However, on May 28, 1917 and June 27, 1917, building permit #158131 and building permit #158694 were issued to Hans Grevstad to build two virtually identical houses at 802 and 806 N. 46th St. Each of these houses measured approx. 35’ x 38’ and was estimated to cost of $2,300. Hans Grevstad was identified on the subject permits as the owner, builder and architect; however, this standard house plan appears to have been obtained from an architectural planbook source. It is also very close to the plan used by Grevstad to construct another similar house located at 807 N. 50th St. (1919). Mr. Grevstad appears to have been a very successful Norwegian-born carpenter and building contractor who is believed to have settled in Seattle with his wife Josefine c.1904. He is known to have resided at 901 N. 48th St., 723 N. 48th St. and 6529 Palatine Ave. (houses that he may have also designed/built) and to have constructed several other houses in the district including a very distinctive Tudor Revival style residence at 4614-16 Linden Avenue N. built in 1924, where he also lived briefly. The earliest owners and residents have not been identified. King County tax records indicate that by 1929 the house was owned by Fred E. Casey, a dentist with offices in the Medical-Dental Building who practiced in Seattle from 1923 until 1945. After retirement he and his wife (Floy) moved to Edmonds but appear to have retained ownership of the house. Members of the Casey family may have retained ownership into the 1970s. King County property tax records indicate that the house was remodeled sometime prior to 1937; the extent of that work (possibly interior) has not been identified.
Located at the NW corner of the intersection of N. 47th St and Linden Avenue N. with façade oriented to the south. 1-1/2 story, wood-frame, single family residence. Measures approx. 34’ x 36’ w/ concrete foundation and partial basement. Side gable form with wide projecting front-gable entry porch at east side of facade. Distinguished by distinctive Craftsman-inspired stylistic features: low roof pitch, low side-gable roof form, wide accentuated roof overhangs, roof brackets and kneebraces, prominent 7’ x 28’ off-set entry porch w/ large round porch columns supported by square brick masonry piers, and double-pattern shingle siding at side-gable ends. Prominent gable-end returns indicative of popular Colonial Revival style influences during this era. Prominent front gable dormer located at west end of main roof gable. Original horizontal cedar siding at first floor level. Distinctive stucco treatment and trim at porch gable end, suggestive of Prairie style influences. Original and/or matching double-hung and casement Craftsman-style wooden windows including distinctive multi-pane upper sash members, also suggestive of Prairie style influences. Some new windows have been installed at dormer. Design of this house appears to be from an architectural planbook source.

Detail for 726 N 47TH ST N / Parcel ID 9521100750 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, 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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References
U.S. Census Records (1880-1920)
Seattle Public Library – Biographical Index File
Seattle Public Library – Biographical Index File
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
City of Seattle DPD Microfilm Records.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1910-1940.

Photo collection for 726 N 47TH ST N / Parcel ID 9521100750 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 10, 2009

Photo taken Mar 10, 2009
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