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Summary for 3327 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003815 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor 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 owned by M. T. Midland although he resided at 715 Harrison Street. Mr. Midland also owned 3321 Cascadia Avenue South. Earl L. Dempsey bought the building in November of 1937. In January of 1941, the building sold again. By 1943, Mr. Dempsey had moved to 3300 Cascadia Avenue South and Charles Rowlands lived in the building. By 1954, Morris Sigel lived in the building. Robert W. Allen purchased the building in May of 1957 for $24,000. William L. Chin later bought the property for $26,500. 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 1928, this compact, Tudor Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a flat site 12’ above street level. This 1566 square foot, two-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 40’ by 28’, with a 4’ by 13’ side entrance stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick veneer-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the steeply pitched cross gable roof and gable roofed dormers. Flush gable ends and eaves with pronounced trim define the roofline. Raised brick patterning highlights the gable ends. Wood sash double hung 1:1 windows provide day lighting. A long flight of stairs leads from the sidewalk to the side entrance. A significant single story addition extends off the front facade. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3327 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003815 / 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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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."

Photo collection for 3327 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003815 / Inv #

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Photo taken Oct 29, 2003

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Photo taken Mar 15, 2004
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