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Summary for 3812 CHEASTY BLVD / Parcel ID 1624049128 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1929
Construction of this building began in August of 1929 and was completed by April of 1930. Local architect P. B. Hals designed the building. Irvin R. and Mrs. Mildred A. Filk moved to the residence ca 1935 from 3604 38th Avenue S. The Filks later moved to 3816 and then to 3824 Cheasty Boulevard. Cheasty Boulevard South is a parkway by formal definition with emphasis on the landscaping and a curvilinear undivided roadway that is woven into the natural park-like setting. The adjacent houses and residential buildings are secondary to the integrated concept of the parkway and have little to do with its design integrity. Residences flanking Cheasty Boulevard South to either side of Anthony Place South contribute to the understanding of the development of the down slope housing area between Cheasty Boulevard South and Martin Luther King Junior Way South as low to middle income working class residences. The general massing, heights, dates of construction, setbacks and architectural style variations define these properties as a collective entity. Properties west of the boulevard on the uphill side are comparatively recent in construction dates and character and represent an intrusion of newer properties into the parkway corridor. The City’s acquisition of undeveloped greenbelt surrounding the parkway contributes to maintaining its original character. The North Rainier Valley consists of a depression created by glaciation between the ridges of Beacon Hill and Mount Baker. The valley derives its name from Mount Rainier because of stunning views of the mountain. The area’s growth followed the early streetcar line, which was completed to Columbia City in 1890. The North Rainier Valley includes the area north of Columbia City and contained many early vegetable farms. Commercial development followed along the streetcar line, with housing built nearby. During the first decades of the 20th century, the area between Massachusetts and Atlantic Streets was home to Seattle’s largest Italian enclave, “Garlic Gulch.” Dugdale Ball Park opened on the corner of Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street in 1913, and was succeeded by Sick’s Stadium in 1938. World War II precipitated a surge in housing development, including the public housing project, Rainier Vista, in 1943. Following the war, the area attracted a mix of African-Americans, Asians, and Filipinos. Today this diverse, low-to-middle income neighborhood is unique within Seattle with its long narrow form focused on the Rainier Avenue transportation corridor.
Built in 1929, this broad Arts & Crafts single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The lot slopes downward to the east away from Cheasty Boulevard. Set back from and oriented towards the boulevard this 1110 square foot one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring 30’ by 37’, with a 10’ by 6’ front porch and a 22’x8’ side porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame superstructure; re-clad within the last thirty years with vinyl/aluminum siding. Asphalt composition roofing covers the low-pitched gable roof, two gabled dormers, and the front low-pitched gable porch roof. All roofs feature eave returns. Broad, single lite fixed wood sash first story windows with fixed nine lite leaded transoms provide day lighting to the main interior volumes. Smaller multiple-lite double-hung wood sash windows punctuate the secondary facades, gable ends and dormers. All windows feature painted wood trim. The building’s south side features a prominent exterior reddish brick chimney. Ca 1950s painted metal supports carry the front porch roof; these replace the original wood columnar supports.

Detail for 3812 CHEASTY BLVD / Parcel ID 1624049128 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3812 CHEASTY BLVD / Parcel ID 1624049128 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 20, 2003

Photo taken Aug 20, 2003

Photo taken Aug 20, 2003
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