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Summary for 3263 LAKEWOOD AVE / Parcel ID 5700004065 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Georgian Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1930
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1930, this building was owned by M. T. Midland. Seattle architect, H. B. McKnight, designed the residence. In 1930, Mr. Midland constructed a garage on the lot. William F. and Nell C. Gwin resided in the building by ca 1934. Mr. Gwin was president of Gwin White and Prince Inc., fruit brokers. The Gwin’s previously lived at 2339 Thirty-Third Avenue South. By 1944, Wendell E. Muntz and Browne W. McCormick lived in the building, and by 1958, it was occupied by Richard H. Bushley. Harry B. McKnight practiced architecture in Seattle in 1929 and 1930. 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.
Built in 1930, this Georgian Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Lakewood Avenue South on a sloping site 16’ above street level. This 1581 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 31’ by 55’, with a 6’ by 10’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick veneer-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. Nearly flush eaves and gables with a prominent side facade cornice define the roofline. Multiple single double-hung wood sash windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. A pair of columns supports a prominent entablature and stoop roof. A low balustrade wraps the stoop roof. The multiple single windows across the second story facade set this building apart stylistically from other Colonial Revival style buildings within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3263 LAKEWOOD AVE / Parcel ID 5700004065 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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."
Dietz, Duane, “Architects and Landscape Architects of Seattle, 1876 to 1959 and Beyond,” unpublished paper. University of Washington Libraries, July 1993.

Photo collection for 3263 LAKEWOOD AVE / Parcel ID 5700004065 / Inv #

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Photo taken Oct 23, 2003

Photo taken Oct 23, 2003
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