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Summary for 5150 S OTHELLO ST S / Parcel ID 1109000135 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood:
Built By: Year Built: 1909

This house is significant due to its architectural style and intactness, as well as its occupancy history. The occupants’ professional association with Boeing reflects the Rainier Valley’s historical role as a transportation and commercial corridor connecting the residential neighborhoods in South Seattle to downtown and Seattle’s industrial districts.

This single-family residence is located in the Brighton neighborhood at the southern end of Rainier Valley. The house was constructed in 1909. The Polk Directories show that, from 1935 to 1942, it was occupied by Mrs. Angele M. Simpson. By 1948, Alice S. Jensen occupied the house. From 1951 through 1969, Wendell R. and Barbara F. Hayward were the principal residents, and Wendell was an employee at Boeing during this time.

Substantial residential and commercial development in South Seattle and the Rainier Valley occurred when a transportation corridor connecting the Rainier Valley to downtown and Seattle’s industrial district was constructed along Rainier Avenue during the late nineteenth century. Development in the valley was facilitated by logging during the 1880s, the operation of the Rainier Valley Electric Railway in the 1890s, and the Jackson and Dearborn Street re-grades in the 1900s. Milling was the primary commercial industry during the last part of the nineteenth century although some agricultural activity existed. As residential development increased, Rainier Avenue gradually became the principal commercial corridor connecting the residential neighborhoods of South Seattle to downtown, the International District, and Seattle’s industrial districts. World War II brought additional building growth related to the wartime industry, as well as the influx of defense workers to nearby Boeing and the Duwamish shipyards. 

The Rainier Valley remains a crucial corridor uniting the neighborhoods of South Seattle and connecting them to downtown, Seattle’s industrial districts, and the International District.

The elevated, rectangular lot for this single-family residence was platted for the Brighton Beach Orchard 2nd Plat. It is located between South Orchard and South Othello Street, and the house faces southward onto South Othello. Constructed in 1909, the two-and-a-half story Tudor-inspired residence has 2,540 square feet of living space. A full-width recessed porch is located at the front of the house while a partial-width covered porch and open verandah are located on the east elevation. The rectangular floor plan and brick foundation support its balloon-framed superstructure. The steeply sloped, side-gabled roof is punctuated by three gable roof dormers on the front south slope and two gable roof dormers on the rear north slope. The open-eaves overhang is supported by decorative brackets in the gable ends while decorative bargeboards are located in the gable ends of the main roof and in the roof dormers. The entire roof system is covered in asphalt composition shingles. The coverings over both porches are supported by square columns while porch and verandah railings have decorative spindlework. The house is clad in wood shingle siding with half-timbering in the gable ends and wattle-and-daub stucco filling. Windows are hung, hinged, or casement windows. Those along the first floor are generally tripartite casement windows with transoms that have small square lights; those on the second floor have hung sash windows with small square lights. This is an excellently preserved example of the Tudor style and remains a significant architectural resource in the Brighton neighborhood.

Detail for 5150 S OTHELLO ST S / Parcel ID 1109000135 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Other, Shingle, Wood Foundation(s): Brick
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 & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
Dorpat, Paul, “101 The Railroad Avenue Elevated,” Seattle, Now and Then, Seattle: Tartu Publications, 1984.
Bagley, Clarence B. History of Seattle, Washington. Chicago: S.J. Clarke, 1916.
Berner, Richard. Seattle 1921-1940: From Boom to Bust. Seattle: Charles Press, 1992.

Photo collection for 5150 S OTHELLO ST S / Parcel ID 1109000135 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010

Photo taken Jan 07, 2010
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