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Summary for 2711 31st AVE / Parcel ID 5700000305 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1924
Built in 1924, this building was owned by A. W. Salvino, who added a garage on the lot in 1925. Joseph and Hattie Solomon purchased the residence in August of 1927. The Solomon’s resided in the building through 1954. Mr. Solomon was a partner in Solomon Brothers (at 121 Occidental Avenue) with Morris F. Solomon, as well as a partner in Thrifty Chain Stores. Both were men’s furnishings and shoe stores. Seva M. Fomin purchased the building in December of 1957 for $13,500. In April of 1961, Mr. Winfield purchased the building for $13,500. 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 1924, this compact, Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-First Avenue South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 1476 square foot, single-story house with a half basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 30’ by 45’, with an 8’ by 8’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the clipped side gable roof. Modest eave and gable overhangs define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows provide day lighting. A curved bay window projects from the side facade. A short flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. Decorative brackets support a curved stoop roof. A brick gable end chimney services the building. The entrance configuration and curved bay window set this building apart as distinct within the neighborhood.

Detail for 2711 31st AVE / Parcel ID 5700000305 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick 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: one
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 2711 31st AVE / Parcel ID 5700000305 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003
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