Home Page
Link to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods home page

Seattle Historical Sites

New Search

Summary for 3308 37th AVE / Parcel ID 5700002920 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts, Other Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1913
Built in 1913, the building was remodeled by Josie E. Colton in 1929. Josie E. Colton was the widow of Fred R. Colton by 1933. The building sold in September of 1934. By 1938 through 1943, Verne R. Buckmaster resided in the building. Derwent D. Schaub lived in the house by 1951 through 1959. In September of 1962, Don M. Icenogle bought the building for $12,000 and remained through 1965. By 1968, Alberto G. Valle lived in the building. Mattie M. D. bought the building in October of 1970 for $17,500. 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 1913, this Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family bungalow is oriented to Thirty-Seventh Avenue South on a flat site 4’ above street level. This 1327 square foot, single-story house with a half daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 33’ by 39’, with an 8’ by 16’ partially recessed front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle- and clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the front facing gable roof. Broad, open eaves and gables with prominent bargeboards and exposed rafters and purlins define the roofline. The varied roofline sets this building apart as unique within the neighborhood. Two short flights of stairs lead to the front entrance. Prominent stucco-clad brick plinths rise up on either side of the stairs with a low closed railing wrapping the porch. Substantial stucco-clad brick piers at the corners support the gabled porch roof. The front picture window is a later alteration.

Detail for 3308 37th AVE / Parcel ID 5700002920 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
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: Slight
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 3308 37th AVE / Parcel ID 5700002920 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003

Photo taken

Photo taken
App v2.0.1.0