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Summary for 2921 36th AVE / Parcel ID 5700002370 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1916
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1916 at a cost of $2300, this building was owned by Nellie Auger and designed by Seattle architect, Edwin J. Ivey. Axel Paulson was the contractor. Work began in May and was completed by July. The building was remodeled in 1925. By 1925, T. Cavan Howay lived in the building. Mr. Howay worked as a secretary for the Northwest Casualty Company. In 1925, Mr. Howay hired contractor, A. A. Nelson, to construct a garage on the lot. Mr. Howay moved to 3233 Cascadia in 1936. James Carl and Gladys M. McClung purchased the building in October of 1936. Mr. McClung worked as a sales manager at McFarland Motor Company. Ragnar R. Engebretsen bought the building in April of 1960 for $13,500. Seattle architect Edwin J. Ivey (1883-1940) worked in partnership with Warren Milner, Joseph Cote, Howard Riley and Joseph Skoog. In later years, he had his own practice. He is probably best known for his residential designs, including the C.W. Stimson (1926) and L.C. Henry (1928) houses in The Highlands. He also designed the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity (1928) at the University of Washington. 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 1916, this compact Colonial Revival style single-family dwelling is oriented to Thirty-Sixth Avenue South on a sloping site at street level. This 1366 square foot, single story house with a half basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 46’ by 28’. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the clipped side gable roof. Broad closed eave overhangs wrapping the building define the roofline. Wood sash double hung windows with multiple-panes over a single lower pane provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front entrance. A prominent brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 2921 36th AVE / Parcel ID 5700002370 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable - Clipped Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
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."
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Photo collection for 2921 36th AVE / Parcel ID 5700002370 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 04, 2003

Photo taken Nov 04, 2003
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