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Summary for 2519 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001695 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1916
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1916 at a cost of $2800, this building’s architect was Craftsman Bungalow C., according to the building permit. Work began in 1915 and finished in May of 1916. A retaining wall was also constructed at this time. Between 1924 and 1931 the residence was remodeled. Arthur E. and Julie E. Burr moved in to the residence by 1936. The Burr’s previously resided at 3020 Mount Saint Helens Place South. By 1944, Elizabeth B. Buman also lived in the building. William E. Fray purchased the building for $12,500 in May of 1949. By 1954 through 1958, Swan C. Pierson resided in the building. The building sold for $16,200 in December of 1961. In December of 1968, Earl B. Hansen purchased the building for $23,000. 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 1916, this compact, Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Fourth Avenue South on a flat site 12’ above street level. This 1482 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 30’ by 55’, with a full width single story front porch recessed below the main roofline. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, coursed shingle and stucco-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. Overhanging gable and open eaves with exposed rafters define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 double hung windows provide day lighting. Two direct flights of stairs lead to the impressive front porch. Substantial battered brick piers rise to support the extended roofline on decoratively curved corbels. A prominent gable end brick chimney services the building. A notable defining characteristic of this residence is the entrance configuration consisting of multiple stairways leading up to the broad, open front porch. Two massive piers enable a clear span across the front of the porch, permitting views from within over the surrounding area. The prominent front gable roofed dormer assumes the role of the building’s visual front facade.

Detail for 2519 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001695 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco 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):
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.
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 2519 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001695 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 15, 2004
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