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Summary for 3237 LAKEWOOD AVE / Parcel ID 5700004045 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Spanish - Mediterranean Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1924
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1924, this building was owned by Claude R. Stryker, who hired contractor, R. P. Miller, to build a garage. H. Stanley McLeod moved into the building ca 1925. Mr. McLeod was manager of National Theatre Supply Company. Rees R. and Mary D. Hall purchased the building in July of 1936. Mr. Hall was district sales manager for Richfield Oil Company of California. By 1943, S. Arnold Wark lived in the building. Mary C. Knuland purchased the building in September of 1946 for $22,600, and it was sold to William J. McDougall in 1949 for $19,500. Mr. McDougall remained in the building 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 1924, this Mediterranean-influenced, Spanish Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Lakewood Avenue South on a sloping site 12’ above street level. This 1384 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a nearly square plan, measuring approximately 40’ by 41’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick veneer-clad superstructure. Clay tile covers the hip roof. Broad overhanging closed eaves with decorative modillions define the roofline. Single hung wood sash windows with wood trim provide day lighting. First story front façade windows feature a Palladian motif. A short flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. A pair of Classically-influenced columns supports a projecting round roof with a low metal railing wrapping the second story. The Palladian motif window and entrance detailing set this building apart as distinct within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3237 LAKEWOOD AVE / Parcel ID 5700004045 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
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 3237 LAKEWOOD AVE / Parcel ID 5700004045 / Inv #

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Photo taken Oct 23, 2003
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