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Summary for 3328 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003965 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Georgian Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1928
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1928, this building was designed by Seattle architect, Alban A. Shay. A. S. Hansen was the contractor. The residence was valued at $12,000. Miss. Cordeilia M. Thiel owned the building. Miss. Thiel resided previously at 4529 Orcas Street. Henry F. and Rose M. Thiel moved into the building ca 1928 and purchased the building in August of 1936. Mr. Thiel was a surgeon with a practice in the Joshua Green Building. The Thiel’s remained in the building through 1958. Alban A. Shay (1899-1991) completed his architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Bebb & Gould in Seattle in 1924 and worked independently in Seattle from 1927-1935. From 1936-1939, he worked in partnership with Paul Thiry, and he returned to independent practice from 1940 to 1975. His designs included residences and commercial buildings in Seattle. He designed the Thiel residence (1928) in Mount Baker at 3328 Cascadia Avenue South. 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 1928, this Georgian Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a flat site 1’ below street level. This 1814 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 37’ by 46’, with a 5’ by 9’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof and gable roof wall dormer. Minimal eave and gable overhangs with prominent cornices and cornice returns define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-lite double hung windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. Slender, Classically-influenced columns support a flat stoop roof. A low balustrade wraps the upper porch with a Palladian window above. A gable end brick chimney services the building. The front facade wall dormer and front porch detailing set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3328 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003965 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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."
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Photo collection for 3328 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003965 / Inv #

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Photo taken Oct 30, 2003

Photo taken Oct 30, 2003
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