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Summary for 3119 37TH AVE / Parcel ID 5700002780 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1900
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1900 at a cost of $3500, this building was designed by Seattle architect, F. H. Perkins, and owned by L. Jones. Dora J. and W. E. Wilson purchased the building in September of 1914. In 1917, the Wilson’s added a garage. Ca 1927, Dr. Walter C. and Dora J. Fox moved into the building. Dr. Fox was a physician. W. Fox resided in the building through 1938. By 1943, Beatty Stevens lived in the building. By 1954 through 1968, Fred M. Fuecker lived in the residence. Frank H. Perkins practiced architecture in Seattle from 1903 through 1923. He came to Seattle from southern California where he designed buildings for Senator W.A. Clark. Some of his Seattle work is in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and reflects his California background. He designed many commercial buildings, apartments, and houses throughout Seattle. Among his designs are the Forest Ridge Convent and School (1910), hotels in the International District and the Denny Regrade, and numerous apartment buildings on Capitol Hill and Queen Anne. 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 1900, this Craftsman-influenced, American Foursquare style with Colonial elements, single-family dwelling stands on a square lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Seventh Avenue South on a flat site 4-5’ above street level. This 936 square foot, two-story house with a three-quarter daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 35’ by 28’, with a 12’ by 14’ porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, wood clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the pyramidal roof. The broad, flared, overhanging eaves are decorated by narrow brackets in groups of three. A single dormer with matching roof shape is centered on the front façade with a band of four windows with diamond panes. The entrance is recessed in an almost square front porch. The porch is supported by seven square piers and enhanced by extensive mill work including brackets and dentils. The front door is flanked by two sidelights. The second story includes a bay window supported by brackets. A matching free-standing garage is also located on this site.

Detail for 3119 37TH AVE / Parcel ID 5700002780 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Pyramidal Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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."
Architects Reference Files, Special Collections and Preservation Division, University of Washington Libraries.
Architects file cards, Seattle Department of Neighborhood, Historic Preservation Program.
Dietz, Duane, “Architects and Landscape Architects of Seattle, 1876 to 1959 and Beyond,” unpublished paper. University of Washington Libraries, July 1993.

Photo collection for 3119 37TH AVE / Parcel ID 5700002780 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 04, 2003

Photo taken Nov 04, 2003

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