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Summary for 3245 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834700100 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1929
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1929 at a cost of $3500, this building was owned by H. D. Garland. By 1930, Herbert O. Jr. and Iva L. Fishback resided in the building. Mr. Fishback worked as a Vice-President and Secretary at the United Pacific Life Insurance Company. He purchased the building in February of 1934 and resided in the building through 1968. L. Drayton bought the building in March of 1970 for $22,500. 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 1929, this compact, Tudor Revival style, single-family cottage is oriented to Thirty-Seventh Avenue South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 1015 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 35’ by 26’, with a small front stoop. A 6’ by 20’, historically significant addition extends off the back facade. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the steeply pitched cross gable roof. Flush, closed gables and eaves with cornice returns define the roofline. Wood sash windows with a prominent half story oriel window provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the gable roofed front entrance. A round arched entry leads to the front door. A prominent exterior brick chimney services the building. Alternate brick patterning highlights the gable ends and front entrance.

Detail for 3245 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834700100 / 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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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."

Photo collection for 3245 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834700100 / Inv #

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