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Summary for 2839 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700002725 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Other Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1939
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1939, this building was purchased by Harry E. Nordquist in the same year. By 1944, Ralph R. Knapp lived in the building, followed by Harry Kraft by 1954 through 1958. 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 1939, this modern, Colonial Revival style, 1930s infill single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Mt St Helens Place South. This 1192 square foot, one-and-one-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 44’ by 30’, with a 3’ by 8’ recessed porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, Roman brick- and wide wood clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gable roof. Close cropped eaves and eave returns on the gabled dormer off the front facade define the roofline. The front door is flanked by narrow sidelights and recessed from the face of the house. The windows on the front facade are four horizontal panes flanked by shutters which are also evident in a 1940 photograph. A two car garage with a single large garage door is a prominent element of the front façade. The garage projects from the front façade and has a hipped roof.

Detail for 2839 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700002725 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Roman, 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):
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 2839 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700002725 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 04, 2003

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