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Summary for 3118 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700002065 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1904
Built in 1904, this building was purchased in June of 1924 by Gertrude Riches. In November of 1940, Russell J. Jordan purchased the building and made general repairs in September of that year. Mr. Jordan remained in the building through 1944. By 1954, Kenneth F. Brock lived in the building through 1958. In July of 1963, Paul S. T. bought the building for $14,725. Michael E. Davidson purchased the building in October of 1969 for $19,250. 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 1904, this Arts and Crafts style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Fourth Avenue South on a flat site approximately 3’ above street level. This 1215 square foot, one-and-one-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 27’ by 45’, with 6 ’ by 15’ porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, wood clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hipped roof. Overhanging open eaves and exposed rafter tails define the roofline. The front porch projects beyond the front façade and is sheltered by a hipped roof structure supported by columns. The house includes at least two hipped roofed dormers. A side chimney services this house. The sides include hooded oriel windows.

Detail for 3118 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700002065 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan:
Structural System: No. of Stories:
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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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