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Summary for 3337 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002955 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1913
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1913, this building was owned by local developer, A. Peterson. Mr. Peterson gave his address as 3208 Rainier Avenue. John F. and Harriet S. Griffin purchased the building in January of 1920. Mr. Griffin was a partner in Griffin-Murphey Business College located in the Haight Building, room 704. The Griffin’s remained in the building through 1958. C. W. Morrow bought the residence in March of 1961 for $18,500. Builder Andrew Peterson designed and constructed several distinctive Craftsman style houses on the 3300 block of Hunter Boulevard and elsewhere in the Mount Baker neighborhood. The decorative timberwork that he used on some porches, reminiscent of the Stick style, is especially interesting. These houses include 3303, 3333, and 3337 Hunter Boulevard South. 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 1913, this Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Hunter Boulevard South on a flat site 4’ above street level. This 1337 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a nearly square plan, measuring approximately 33’ by 31’, with a 25’ by 7’ front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Broad eave and gable overhangs with exposed rafters, purlins, bracing and decoratively cut bargeboards define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-lite windows provide day lighting. Two flights of stairs lead to the front entrance. Paired wood posts support the upper porch and gable porch roof. A low balustrade wraps the upper porch. A prominent gable end brick chimney services the building. Characteristic of other Arts & Crafts buildings along Hunter Boulevard, this building features a substantial two-story front porch. This intact building contributes to the visual character of Hunter Boulevard South.

Detail for 3337 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002955 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle 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."

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