RE: [aloha-donblanding] Re: I've found DB's Seattle address in 1928!
- Doesn't look full enough for a Rhody.
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Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2010 4:40 PM
Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: I've found DB's Seattle address in 1928!
Good eye, Bev!
Dogwood and camellia were my first choices, too, although perhaps it's a
rhody in front of the porch. The assessor's report is dated June 24, 1937,
which is about when the photo would have been taken. Dogwood doesn't bloom
here until very late May and more likely June. There's a huge one just down
the street from my apartment, and I wait for it to flower every year.
Camellias bloom all year long, but rhodies are gone by mid-June. The tree
foliage also suggests that time frame. Believe me, the trees at that
intersection yesterday weren't even thinking "green!"
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- Hello, all ...
Here's a view of the house taken in February 1952; by that time it had been converted from a single-family dwelling to a rooming house:
The clapboard exterior has been replaced by shingles and the decorative "fishscale" and geometric designs have given way to plain clapboard under the eaves. It appears that the chevron design below the porch railing is covered. Notice, also, that the dogwood and camellia are gone.
This later view shows 2 of the houses to the south. (There were at least 3 houses and a small apartment building according to a 1917 Sanborn map.) Also visible is the single-story addition on the north side of the house, which may have been there in 1928 but not in 1883. I can't determine if the low building at left belongs to the house up the hill or is the double garage shared by Nos. 432 and 428.
Today, the main entrance to the Belmont Court apartments (424 Belmont East) is just about where the "addition" was, though somewhat closer to the sidewalk. The front corner of the building is actually its parking garage; it has a balcony that remarkably suggests the original front porch of No. 432!
Side story: In 1987, I did some freelance work for a condo homeowners association located about a block north of the Belmont/Republican intersection. Quite often I walked this very block from my old apartment about 8 blocks south. I'm rather glad the site was a parking lot by then; I would have been very upset to learn all these years later that I could have lived there!