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The Seattle Open Housing Campaign, 1959-1968
Restrictive covenant from Windermere neighborhood (April 1, 1929)
To Mary B. Giffin
THE GRANTOR, Typewriter Corporation of Washington, Seattle, Washington, for and in consideration of Nine Hundred and Fifty Dollars $950.00 in hand paid, conveys and warrants to Mary B. Giffin, Missoula, Montana, the grantee, the following described real estate: [detailed description of property]
...This deed is subject to all liens and incumbrances and taxes due in 1928 against the said property and which existed and are subsequent to the 9th day of June, 1928, which grantee assumes and agrees to pay and further subject to the following words which are hereto attached and specifically made of part hereof and marked "Exhibit A."
1. There shall not be erected or maintained upon any platted lot any structure other than one single detached dwelling house, with or without private garage, in architecture in harmony with said dwelling house; and said premises shall be used only for private residence purposes.
2. No such dwelling house shall be erected or maintained which shall cost, at prevailing market prices, less than $6000.00; and the erection of no such house upon said property shall be commenced prior to December 31, 1952, until after plans therefor [sic] have been approved by an architect employed by the vendor at its expense.
3. No chickens or other fowl, or animals, except individual household pets, shall at any time be kept or maintained upon said property.
4. No person or persons of Asiatic, African or Negro blood, lineage or extraction, shall be permitted to occupy a portion of said property, or any building thereon; except domestic servant or servants may be actually and in good faith employed by white occupants of such premises.
5. No house or part thereof, or other structure, shall be construed or maintained upon said premises nearer to the front street margin than the line described upon the plat as "building limit."
Upon the violation of any of the foregoing restrictions by the vendee or the officers, agents, grantees or assignees of the vendee, the entire estate in the herein described property shall revert to the grantor herein, its successors or assigns.
Citation: Deeds, Vol. 1450, page 348, April 1, 1929. King County Recorder's Office. Courtesy Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project.