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Summary for 2733 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001600 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Modern Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1955
Built in 1955, this building was owned by Thomas E. Sullivan. He remained through 1968. 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 1955, this compact, Modern style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Fourth Avenue South on a sloped site. This 1392 square foot, single-story house with a full daylight basement features a square plan, measuring approximately 38’ by 39’, with a 5’ by 8’ recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, Roman brick veneer-clad superstructure. Clay tile covers the hip roof. Broad overhanging eaves define the roofline. Broad aluminum sash picture windows provide day lighting. A prominent central brick chimney and a below-grade integrated garage service the building. The serpentine landscaped ascent to the front entrance and the clay tile roof set this building apart as an unique example of 1950s in-fill construction.

Detail for 2733 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001600 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Roman Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
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."

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