Oldest House?

I went back to Georgetown (Seattle neighborhood) today to do a photo survey of possible sketching locations for an upcoming sketch outing.

According to the map I found, this is the Hoffeditz Maertens House which was built in 1891.  The info on the map says it is the oldest house in Georgetown.  According to the unofficial local historians at the Carleton Street Grocery, it may be the oldest house in Seattle.  Since Seattle was settled in 1851 it might not be.  Though maybe it’s the oldest one still standing.  The house has remained in the same family.

I got the line drawing done but then it started to rain.  So I finished the color later.  So much for beautiful spring weather.  It lasted one day.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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2 Responses to Oldest House?

  1. Paul Dorpat’s column has info on what may be the oldest house in Seattle, which is in West Seattle now. Fremont has many houses built about 1890 but it is hard to find one still in original condition. Capitol Hill has many. Seattle did not start issuing building permits until after the Fire in 1889, so it is difficult to track houses before that.

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