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Summary for 2821 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700002710 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1914
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1914, this building was constructed after Sidney P. and Florence C. Trathen purchased the property in May of 1913. The Long Building Company was architect and builder. The house cost $5000. Mrs. Trathen was a teacher at Franklin High School. In 1924, the Trathen’s subdivided the basement. The building sold in January of 1939. By 1944, Fred C. Jackson also resided in the building. By 1954 through 1961, Robert H. Smith lived in the building, followed by Kaye L. Roundy by 1965. 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 1914, this Tudor style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Mt Saint Helens Place South on a flat site at street level. This 1053 square foot, two-and-one-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 27’ by 39’, with an 8’ by 25’ porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick- and stucco-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gable roof. The side gable is punctuated by two cross gables symmetrically projecting from the front. The stucco is detailed with elaborate half-timbering which projects beyond the facade. The second story protrudes from the lower level and is decorated with dentil details. The entry is off a squared front porch with a large rectangular terrace. The windows are 6:1 with a pair of eight-light casement windows in the center of the upper story front façade. A masonry side chimney services this house.

Detail for 2821 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700002710 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
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 2821 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700002710 / Inv #

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Photo taken Mar 10, 2004
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