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Summary for 2540 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001905 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1912
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1912, this building was purchased by Frazier A. and Mary H. Boutelle in July of 1919. By 1930, Mrs. Boutelle was a widow. She lived in the building through 1943. In 1949 through 1954, the building was owned by John O. Phillips, Jr. and he constructed a carport attached to the residence in 1949. John B. Cutting occupied the building by 1958. In January of 1960, John A. McMilian purchased the building for $21,500 and remained through 1968. Wayne G. Angevial bought the residence in August of 1971 for $28,500. 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 1912, this substantial, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Fourth Avenue South on a sloping site 2’ below street level. This 1224 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a nearly square plan, measuring 34’ by 36’, with a 3’ by 6’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. A two-story wall projection with a gable roof extends out from the front facade. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. Broad overhanging boxed eaves and gable ends with decoratively cut bargeboards and exposed framing in the gable ends define the roofline. The upper story projects slightly. Multiple lite casement and double hung wood sash windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front gable-roofed stoop. A brick chimney services the building. Although a relatively common stylistic example, the exposed framing, decorative bargeboards, and the extent of intact fabric set this building apart as a noteworthy example.

Detail for 2540 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001905 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Block
Roof Type(s): Gable 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 Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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."

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Photo taken Mar 10, 2004
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