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Summary for 3409 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834700180 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Other Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1914
Built in 1914 at a cost of $2000, this building was constructed after Archelus S. and S. Elizabeth Ross purchased the property in August of 1912. The Ross’ lived in the building through 1938. Mr. Ross worked as a salesman for the Prudential Insurance Company. By 1938, Polk directories list both Mr. Ross and John M. McKenzie as residents. Mr. McKenzie remained in the house through 1968. Eugene A. Lucas bought the property in February of 1972 for $18,000. 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 1914, this compact, Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family bungalow is oriented to Thirty-Seventh Avenue South on a sloping site 2’ above street level. This 1526 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a half basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 55’ by 30’, with a recessed front entrance. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, added clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the front facing gable roof and added shed roof dormer. Broad overhanging eaves and gables with exposed rafters, purlins and brackets define the roofline. Wood sash windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the double column flanked entrance.

Detail for 3409 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834700180 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable, Hip 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: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
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 3409 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834700180 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003

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