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Summary for 3859 RAINIER AVE / Parcel ID 5609000125 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts, Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1926
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.
Built in 1926, this compact, Vernacular style, single-family dwelling is oriented to Rainier Avenue South on a sloped site 5’ above street level. This 522 square foot, single-story house with a partial basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 18’ by 29’, with a full width front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard- and shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gable front roof. Modest eave and gable overhangs with exposed rafters and prominent bargeboards define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 windows with wood casings provide day lighting. The front porch is defined by a closed railing with wood piers supporting the projecting upper story and a wide cornice.

Detail for 3859 RAINIER AVE / Parcel ID 5609000125 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
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
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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 3859 RAINIER AVE / Parcel ID 5609000125 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 14, 2003
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