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Summary for 3233 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002880 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1914
Built in 1914, this building was designed and owned by John Quest & Company. John Quest & Company also owned and built 3322 and 3328 Hunter Boulevard. The building was occupied by William A. and Rhea Castleton by 1919. In March of 1919, the Castleton’s built a garage. Mr. Castleton was president of Thomas and Castleton Inc. Ca 1935, the Castleton’s moved to 3014 Mount Saint Helens Place South. In September of 1935, Leigh O. and Thelma G. Thompson purchased the building. Mr. Thompson was chief clerk with the Continental Baking Company. The Thompson’s previously resided at 3245 Hunter Boulevard South. The Thompson’s remained through 1958. The property was sold in April of 1965 for $15,000. R. Jones purchased the building in July of 1971 for $23,500. Residences flanking Hunter Boulevard provide integral character-defining elements to the overall boulevard composition through their orientation towards the boulevard, their massing, heights, setbacks, dates of construction, and preserved set of architectural style variations. These residences and their individual building elements remain largely intact, conveying the original well-to-do middle class composition of this area. 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 substantial, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Hunter Boulevard South on a flat site 4’ above street level. This 882 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a square plan, measuring 30’ by 30’, with a 5’ by 7’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard- and stucco- clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. Broad overhanging closed eaves define the roofline. A single story hipped roof sun porch extends off the front facade. Wood sash double hung windows with vertically-emphasized muntins provide day lighting. Windows feature painted wood sash. A short flight of stairs leads to the pedimented front entrance. A prominent exterior brick chimney services the building. The prominent stature, offset entrance and front sun porch set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood. This intact building contributes to the visual character of Hunter Boulevard South.

Detail for 3233 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002880 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Metal - Standing Seam
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."

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