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Summary for 2526 30th AVE / Parcel ID 5700000165 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Spanish - Mission Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1925
Built in 1925, this building was purchased by Harry W. and Nellie Musiel in February of 1929. The Musiel’s lived in the building through 1938. Mr. Musiel worked as an engineer with Heisers Inc. Russell L. Clark purchased the residence in March of 1940 for $4500 and remained through 1943. By 1961 through 1965, Louis Accetturo, Junior lived in the house. William Eugene Davenport bought the house in July of 1966 for $16,000 and remained in the house through 1968. 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 1925, this compact, Mission Revival-influenced, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirtieth Avenue South on a flat site 5’ above street level. This 1161 square foot, single-story house with a three-quarter daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 27’ by 43’, with a front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the flat roof. Low parapet walls with minimal trim define the roofline. Large wood sash and contemporary windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. Low, stucco-clad cheek walls flank the stairs. An arched entry leads to the front door. An external, side facade, stucco-clad brick chimney services the building. This building’s stylistic composition sets it apart as distinct within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2526 30th AVE / Parcel ID 5700000165 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Flat 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 Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
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 2526 30th AVE / Parcel ID 5700000165 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 25, 2003
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