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Summary for 2837 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000515 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1922
This building was constructed in 1922 and a garage was added to the lot in 1923. In 1924, building owner, E. S. Williamson, finished the rooms on the second floor. William C. and Doris L. Markey purchased the building in May of 1934. Mr. Markey was vice president of Markey Machinery Company. Chris and Mary C. Olson bought the building in May of 1941 and resided in the building through 1958. Then in May of 1962, Franklyn L. Clark purchased the building for $13,500. 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 1922, this compact, Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family bungalow stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Second Avenue South on a flat site 5’ above street level. This 1366 square foot, single-story house with a three-quarter basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 43’ by 25’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shiplap-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the clipped side gable roof and eyebrow dormers. Minimal gable and eave overhangs with decorative brackets beneath the boxed soffits define the roofline. Tall, wood sash multiple-pane windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. Classically-influenced columns support a curved stoop roof. A gable end brick chimney services the building. The overall composition, including the stoop and eyebrow dormers, sets this building apart as a remarkably intact unique example of an Arts & Crafts bungalow within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2837 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000515 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Shiplap 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: one
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."

Photo collection for 2837 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000515 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003
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