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Summary for 3131 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003460 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Cottage Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1928
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1928, this building was purchased by H. W. Schnell in April of 1938. The residence was not listed in the 1940, 1943 and 1955 Polk directories. S. B. bought the building in May of 1962 for $30,000. By 1968, David F. Stern 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 1928, this Tudor Cottage style single-family dwelling stands on an irregular lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a flat site 4’ above street level. This 1700 square foot, one-and-one-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 53’ by 37’, with a 5’ by 8’ stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick-clad superstructure. Wood shake shingles cover the cross gable roof. Two gabled dormers with wide clapboard siding are located along the side gable portion of the front façade. The entrance stoop is sheltered by a small roof supported by pairs of two columns. The second story of the front façade features a prominent Palladian window with a projecting keystone. All windows appear to be original 4:4 and 6:6 leaded glass. Two side chimneys service this house.

Detail for 3131 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003460 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
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 3131 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003460 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 04, 2003
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