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Summary for 2703 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001630 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Cottage Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1925
Built in 1925, this building was owned by Herman Neubert. Rudolph M. and Genevieve Erspamer soon moved into the building. Mr. Erspamer owned the Georgetown Pharmacy. The Erspamer’s remained in the building through 1958. In August of 1965, John Phillips purchased the building. W. K. McCulloch bought the building in October of 1970 for $24,500. 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 1925, this compact, Tudor Revival style, single-family cottage stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Fourth Avenue South on a flat site 6’ above street level. This 1094 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a square plan, measuring 32’ by 32’, with a recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the steeply pitched side gable roof, front facing cross gable and gable dormer. Wood sash 1:1 windows, paired and single, provide day lighting. Flush gable ends and minimal eave overhangs define the roofline. A direct flight of stairs leads to the recessed front entrance. An arched entry leads to the doorway with stuccoed piers supporting the gable roof. A brick chimney services the building. Stylistically, this building represents an intact, although relatively common, compact single-family residence.

Detail for 2703 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001630 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gambrel Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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 2703 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001630 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

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