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Summary for 3315 S MASSACHUSETTS ST S / Parcel ID 1250202300 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Transitional Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1928
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1928, this building was purchased by Ridgway Johnston in 1938, and he remained through 1940. Edward F. Gibson lived in the house by 1943. Bernard B. Forder bought the property in February of 1953 for $14,750. By 1955, Augustus R. McCall lived in the building. In April of 1958, Bertram Rosenberg purchased the property for $13,000 and remained through 1965. Michael J. Showers bought the building in August of 1966 for $14,750 and remained through 1968. 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 1928, this transitional Tudor Revival style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to South Massachusetts Street on a sloping site 4’ above street level. This 1008 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 36’ by 28’, with a 5’ by 4’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco, shingle and wood siding clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the front gable roof. Flush eaves and gables define the roofline. A prominent corner turret highlights the front facade. Wood sash multiple-pane windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3315 S MASSACHUSETTS ST S / Parcel ID 1250202300 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan:
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & 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 3315 S MASSACHUSETTS ST S / Parcel ID 1250202300 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 27, 2003
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