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Summary for 3237 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002875 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Prairie Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1913
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1913, this building was constructed by local developer, Swanson & Austin, who gave their address as 1120 Marion Street. Swanson & Austin also built 3241 Hunter Boulevard. J. W. Milner purchased the building in June of 1933. Joseph E. and Ethel H. Linney moved into the building ca 1934. Mr. Linney was manager with United States Rubber Products Inc. The Linney’s previously resided at 3218 Thirty-Seventh Avenue South. By 1943 through 1954, James H. Keeffe lived in the building, and by 1958, it was occupied by James D. Hayes. Residences flanking Hunter Boulevard provide integral character-defining elements to the overall boulevard composition through their orientation towards the boulevard, their massing, heights, setbacks, dates of construction, and preserved set of architectural style variations. These residences and their individual building elements remain largely intact, conveying the original well-to-do middle class composition of this area. The Mount Baker neighborhood comprises two north-south tending ridges located southeast of downtown Seattle along Lake Washington. Initial development of the area occurred relatively late, post-1900, following the construction of the Rainier Avenue Electric Street Railway in the 1890s. York Station on Rainier Avenue and the Dose Addition were developed earlier than the Mount Baker Park Addition, platted in 1907 by the Hunter Tract Improvement Company. The Mount Baker Park Addition represents the core of the neighborhood and is its primary character-defining feature. Mount Baker Park is one of Seattle’s earliest planned residential communities that successfully integrated the natural environment and a relatively exclusive residential neighborhood in its layout of lots, streets, boulevards, and parks. The houses, primarily built between 1905 and 1929, reflect a variety of eclectic and Northwest-based architectural styles, and include designs by many prominent local architects. Other important influences were the streetcar connection with downtown Seattle, the integration of local parks and boulevards into the Olmsted system, the construction of Franklin High School in 1912, and the building of the Mount Baker tunnel and Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge to Mercer Island in 1940. Today this middle-to-upper income neighborhood remains predominantly residential, is home to an ethnically diverse population, and retains much of its planned character.
 
Appearance
Built in 1913, this prominent, Prairie style-influenced, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Hunter Boulevard South on a flat site 4’ above street level. This 864 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 36’ by 16’, with a 10’ by 29’ two story front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard- and stucco-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. A row of prominent single pane wood sash windows define the front facade above an open front porch. The broad eaves, prominent enclosed second story, and open first story porch set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood. This intact building contributes to the visual character of Hunter Boulevard South.

Detail for 3237 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002875 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Integrity
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding:
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
City of Seattle. Survey of City-Owned Historic Resources. Prepared by Cathy Wickwire, Seattle, 2001. Forms for Ravenna Park structures.
Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority. "Mount Baker: An Inventory of Buildings and Urban Design Resources."
Mount Baker Community Club. Flowers We All Love Best in Mount Baker Park, (reprint of 1915 ed.)
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Mount Baker Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3237 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002875 / Inv #


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Photo taken Mar 12, 2004
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