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Summary for 3708 42nd AVE / Parcel ID 5249800010 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Federal Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1906
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1906, the building interior was remodeled in 1909. By 1938, Charles B. and Annie Dodge resided in the building. Mr. Dodge ran the C. B. Dodge Company. The Dodge’s remained through 1944. By 1954 through 1958, George Brigham lived in the building. 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 1906, this substantial, Federal Revival style, single-family dwelling is oriented to Forty-Second Avenue South on a sloping site at street level. This 2400 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 52’ by 36’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof and gable dormers. Modest, closed eave and gable overhangs with decorative modillions and cornice returns define the roofline. Substantial two-story pilasters lend visual support to the entablature running below the eaves. Wood sash double hung windows provide day lighting. A round window highlights the cross gable. A low-pitched gable roof supported on Classically-influenced columns shelters the front entrance. A balconnette projects below the second story window directly above the entrance. A substantial two-story porch composed of Classically-influenced columns and low balustrades extends from the building’s end wall. Two symmetrically placed end wall brick chimneys service the building. The architectural style and impressive exterior cornice, pilaster, porch and entrance detailing set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3708 42nd AVE / Parcel ID 5249800010 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
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."

Photo collection for 3708 42nd AVE / Parcel ID 5249800010 / Inv #

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