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Summary for 2540 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000975 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1920
Built in 1920 with a garage, this building was owned by Jennie E. Stoddard. Eugene B. and Jennie E. Stoddard moved into the residence ca 1920. Mr. Stoddard worked in insurance and loans at the Peoples Bank Building. In March of 1930, Jennie E. Stoddard purchased the building again. By 1943, Frank H. Neville lived in the building and remained through 1958. In November of 1961, Coast C. Company, Inc. purchased the building for $6750. They sold the building that same month to Floyd Wylie for $11,000. Shortly thereafter, Herbert H. Buchanan bought the dwelling and land for $11,082 in June of 1962. 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 1920, this modest, Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Second Avenue South on a flat site 6’ above street level. This 1404 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a half basement features a nearly square plan, measuring approximately 39’ by 36’, with a 22’ by 6’ front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle and stucco with half-timbering clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Broad eave and gable overhangs with decoratively cut bargeboards and exposed rafters and purlins define the roofline. Wood sash windows with multiple panes provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front porch. An internal brick chimney services the building. The decorative bargeboards and upper story half-timbering set this building apart as distinctive within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2540 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000975 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco 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:
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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 2540 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000975 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003
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