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Summary for 2807 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001230 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare- Colonial Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1909
Built in 1909, this building was owned by 1927 by G. H. Wheeler, who added a garage to the rear of the house in that same year. K. W. Sullivan purchased the building in April of 1931. In 1933, the property sold again, and by 1937, L. LaVerne Foote moved into the residence, adding a new porch that year. Glenn M. Thomas purchased the residence in March of 1945 for $10,000. In January of the following year, Peter N. purchased the building for $11,500. By 1954, Peter J. Wazny occupied the building, continuing through 1958. Albert Radcliff purchased the building in April of 1965 for $18,200. 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 1909, this compact, Colonial Revival-influenced, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Third Avenue South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 858 square foot, two-story house with a full basement features a nearly square plan, measuring approximately 26’ by 28’, with a full width front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. Nearly flush eaves with minimal trim define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows provide day lighting. Two direct flights of stairs lead to the hipped roof front porch. A centrally located internal brick chimney services the building. The early date of construction for the neighborhood combined with the overall form and central chimney placement set this building apart as unique within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2807 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001230 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
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 2807 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001230 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003
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