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Summary for 3121 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003470 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Cottage Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1929
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1929, this building was owned by M. T. Midland. Paul G. F. bought the building in July of 1938. By 1943, Harold I. Poll lived in the building. Thomas Geraghty purchased the building in February of 1958 for $40,000, and A. Johnson purchased the building in May of 1971 for $45,000. 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 1929, this Tudor Cottage style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a flat site four feet above street level. This 1316 square foot, two-and-one-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 36’ by 42’. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the steeply pitched cross gable roof. Close cropped eaves define the roofline. This house has two sunken dormers clad in brick and two gable dormers clad in stucco, both symmetrical around the gabled front entry. The house has retained some of the original leaded glass windows. A central chimney services the house.

Detail for 3121 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003470 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & 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."

Photo collection for 3121 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003470 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 15, 2004

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