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Summary for 3631 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834201160 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1912
 
Significance
Built in 1912, this building was owned by George W. and Maude Isabelle Lennon. The building cost $1300. In 1916, Mr. Lennon added a garage and altered the front porch. In 1922, the Lennon’s added a fireplace. Tax records indicate ownership transferred to Mrs. Isabelle Lennon in May of 1936. By 1938, J. J. Martial, a landscape gardener, lived in the building. Joseph F. Drake lived in the building by 1940 through 1961. Horace I. Parzybok bought the residence in May of 1962 for $7150. By 1965, Lee O. Gillespi lived in the building. 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.
 
Appearance

Detail for 3631 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834201160 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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):
Integrity
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3631 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834201160 / Inv #


Photo taken Nov 13, 2003

Photo taken Nov 13, 2003

Photo taken Nov 13, 2003

Photo taken Nov 13, 2003
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