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Summary for 3323 BELLA VISTA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003355 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1926
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1926, this building was constructed on property purchased by A. W. Mylroie in March of 1924. By 1938, John M. Bruhu lived in the building, followed by Harry S. Kay from 1954 through 1958. Joseph E. Raynak purchased the building in June of 1966 for $17,350, and David Sylling purchased it in December of 1972 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 1926, this compact, Tudor Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Bella Vista Avenue South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 816 square foot, two-story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 34’ by 24’, with a recessed front entrance. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard- and stucco-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the steeply pitched cross gable roof and shed roof dormer. Minimal eave and gable overhangs with prominent bargeboards and eave returns define the roofline. Wood sash windows with leaded upper sash provide day lighting. A pointed arch brick doorway surround frames the recessed front entry. A substantial front facade exterior brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3323 BELLA VISTA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003355 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: No. of Stories: two
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 3323 BELLA VISTA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003355 / Inv #

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Photo taken Oct 31, 2003

Photo taken Oct 31, 2003
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