Home Page
Link to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods home page

Seattle Historical Sites

New Search

Summary for 2321 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001795 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Cottage Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1925
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1925, this building was first owned by Harris Emmons. Edward L. Merritt was the architect. Paul R. and Hazel L. Green moved into the building from their previous residence at 3016 Cascadia. In April of 1929, Margaret B. Emmons purchased the residence. By 1938, Joseph Louis Morrison moved into the building. Mr. Morrison worked as a clerk with Cheasty Inc., a men’s clothing and furnishing store. By 1944, Gale Poindexter resided in the building. Tax records indicate Margaret B. Emmons purchased the building again in September of 1947 for $15,000. By 1954 through 1958, Herman G. Korey lived in the building. In January of 1967, Davis A. Martin bought the residence for $17,000. 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 1925, this compact, Tudor Revival style, single-family cottage stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Fourth Avenue South on a flat site 8’ above street level. This 1044 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 26’ by 39’, with a small recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the steeply pitched cross gable roof. Varied rooflines with minimal eave and gable overhangs define the roofline. Multiple lite wood sash windows provide day lighting. A notable curved bay window projects from the first floor with a Palladian motif window above. A short flight of stairs leads through the round arched entrance to the front doorway. A brick interior chimney services the building. The varied roofline and curved bay window define this as a stylistically unique residence within the neighborhood.

Detail for 2321 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001795 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
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 & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 2321 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001795 / Inv #

Photo taken

Photo taken
App v2.0.1.0