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Summary for 3223 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002890 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Prairie Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1913
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1913, this building was owned and designed by the Long Building Company. The business address for the Long Building Company was given as 209 New York Block. The Home Owners Load Corporation purchased the building in September of 1937. By 1943 through 1958, Fred A. Cutts lived in the building. Residences flanking Hunter Boulevard provide integral character-defining elements to the overall boulevard composition through their orientation towards the boulevard, their massing, heights, setbacks, dates of construction, and preserved set of architectural style variations. These residences and their individual building elements remain largely intact, conveying the original well-to-do middle class composition of this area. 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.
 
Appearance
Built in 1913, this substantial, Prairie style-influenced, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Hunter Boulevard South on a flat site 4’ above street level. This 804 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 14’ by 32’, with a 22’ by 6’ front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard- (first story) and stucco- (second story) clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. Broad closed eaves define the roofline. Wood sash 12:1 and 6:1 single hung windows provide day lighting. Windows feature painted wood casings. The notable broad upper story windows and broad closed eaves set this building apart as an important stylistic element within the neighborhood. This intact building contributes to the visual character of Hunter Boulevard South.

Detail for 3223 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002890 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Roof Material(s):
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Integrity
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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."

Photo collection for 3223 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002890 / Inv #


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Photo taken Oct 24, 2003
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