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Summary for 2523 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000700 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare- Colonial Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1909
Built in 1909, this building was occupied by Mr. Ottersen by 1921 through 1929. In 1929, Mr. Ottersen built an addition onto the existing garage. The building was purchased by Robert S. Copland in December of 1938. Mr. Copland previously resided at 2809 Mount Saint Helens Place South. Mr. Copland lived in the building through 1958. In October of 1971, Albert Daver bought the dwelling and land for $17,500. 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 1909, this substantial, Colonial Revival-influenced, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Second Avenue South on a flat site 2’ above street level. This 980 square foot, two-story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 25’ by 38’, with a 7’ by 12’ recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shiplap-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. Broad overhanging closed eaves with decorative modillions define the roofline. Wood sash double hung fixed and casement windows provide day lighting. A two-story bay window projects on the side facade. Second story oriel windows project on the front facade. A short flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. A low solid railing encloses the stoop. A substantial post with decorative corbel supports the extended portion of the house above the stoop. A brick chimney services the building. The overall composition and relative lack of windows in the second story set this building apart as distinct within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2523 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000700 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Shiplap Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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 2523 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000700 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003
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