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Summary for 3816 CHEASTY BLVD / Parcel ID 1624049144 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1929
Construction of this building began in March of 1929 and was completed by April of 1930 at a total cost of $2,000. George C. Stevens owned this property as well as 3824 Cheasty Boulevard. Irvin and Mildred Filk resided in the building from 1936 through 1937, before moving to 3824 Cheasty Boulevard. Mr. Filk worked as a cooper for Western Cooperage. Gus A. and Mrs. Isabel Bloomstrom moved to the residence between 1935 and 1938. Mr. Bloomstrom worked as a driver. From ca 1939 into the 1950s, Blanche E. and J. C. Brown owned the property. In 1958, D. J. Hummel was listed as owner. Jack C. Brown and Mrs. Blanche Conrad lived in the building from 1941 to ca 1957. By ca 1959 through ca 1968 Donald Hummel occupied the building, followed by Rik Dkuhn through 1970. The North Rainier Valley consists of a depression created by glaciation between the ridges of Beacon Hill and Mount Baker. The valley derives its name from Mount Rainier because of stunning views of the mountain. The area’s growth followed the early streetcar line, which was completed to Columbia City in 1890. The North Rainier Valley includes the area north of Columbia City and contained many early vegetable farms. Commercial development followed along the streetcar line, with housing built nearby. During the first decades of the 20th century, the area between Massachusetts and Atlantic Streets was home to Seattle’s largest Italian enclave, “Garlic Gulch.” Dugdale Ball Park opened on the corner of Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street in 1913, and was succeeded by Sick’s Stadium in 1938. World War II precipitated a surge in housing development, including the public housing project, Rainier Vista, in 1943. Following the war, the area attracted a mix of African-Americans, Asians, and Filipinos. Today this diverse, low-to-middle income neighborhood is unique within Seattle with its long narrow form focused on the Rainier Avenue transportation corridor.
Built in 1929, this compact Arts & Crafts single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The lot slopes downward to the east away from Cheasty Boulevard. Set back from and oriented towards the boulevard this 784 square foot one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a square plan, measuring 28’ by 28’, plan with a small approximately 3’ by 4’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame shiplap clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side clipped-gabled roof; replacing the original eyebrow dormers. Gable ends feature eave returns. Wood sash double-hung 6:1 windows and a contemporary picture window provide day lighting to the main first floor volumes on the primary facade. Double-hung wood 1:1 sash punctuate the remaining secondary basement, first and half story facades. All windows feature painted wood trim. A prominent brick chimney located on the gable end services the building. Wood brackets support the gable front stoop roof. The stoop features a ca 1950s concrete floor and metal railings.

Detail for 3816 CHEASTY BLVD / Parcel ID 1624049144 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Shiplap Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s):
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Windows: Moderate
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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3816 CHEASTY BLVD / Parcel ID 1624049144 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 20, 2003

Photo taken Aug 20, 2003
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