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Summary for 3020 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700003510 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Spanish - Mission Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1926
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1926, this building was purchased by Arthur and Julia A. Burr in May of 1928. Mr. Burr was secretary with the First Reality Corporation. The Burr’s later resided at 2519 Thirty-Fourth Avenue. Stanley S. and Madeline A. Sayres moved into the building ca 1933. Mr. Sayres was president of the American Automobile Association. The Sayres’ previously resided at 1017 Minor Avenue. H. J. Friedman purchased the building in May of 1941. 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 1926, this Spanish Mission style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Mt St Helens Place South on a flat site 2’ above street level. This 1017 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 30’ by 38’, with a 13’ by 4’ porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco-clad superstructure. Clay tile roofing covers the hipped roof. Closed eaves define the roofline. The windows appear to be original leaded glass. The front door also appears to be original with a decorative peep window. The front entrance is not grand and may have been reconfigured at some point. There is a decorative metal balcony over the front entry. A side double-flue chimney services this house. The front yard is fenced with a decorative metal fence.

Detail for 3020 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700003510 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories:
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan:
Changes to Original Cladding:
Changes to Windows:
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."

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Photo taken Mar 10, 2004
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