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Summary for 2809 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700002700 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Federal Revival 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 owned by R. S. Copeland. The residence cost an estimated $10,000. Nickolas B. and Lena C. Bez purchased the building in March of 1936. Mr. Bez was president of Alaska Southern Packing Company and Peril Straits Packing Company. James D. Brien purchased the building in December of 1944. Lloyd O. Kalberg purchased the building in 1950 for $17,500 and remained in the building through 1958. 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 Federal Colonial Revival style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Mt. Saint Helens Place South on a sloped site at street level. This 1463 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 39’ by 42’, with a 6’ by 10’ stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco-clad superstructure. The windows are 6:1 and set in groups of two and three. The front stoop is detailed with elaborate dentils and topped with an iron railing. The stoop cover is supported by two round columns and two half round pilasters.

Detail for 2809 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700002700 / 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: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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 2809 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700002700 / Inv #

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Photo taken Nov 04, 2003

Photo taken Mar 10, 2004
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