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Summary for 3247 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003775 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare- Colonial, Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1909
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1909, this building was owned by Mrs. P. W. Cotton by 1931. Mrs. Cotton hired Seattle architect, Walter Lund, to design a garage and alterations to the residence. Clarence M. Melburn purchased the building in May of 1938. By 1943, Robert H. Barden occupied the building, according to the Polk directories. By 1954 through 1958, Adrian J. McFarlane lived in the building. Melvin F. Warn bought the property in August of 1972 for $32,500. 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 1909, this substantial, Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a flat site 12’ above street level. This 1435 square foot, two-story house with a three-quarter daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 40’ by 31’, with a 13’ by 16’ front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. Overhanging closed eaves define the roofline. Wood sash double hung windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front porch. Groupings of three Classically-inspired columns support a prominent entablature and porch roof. A low balustrade wraps the upper porch. An internal brick chimney services the building. A significant single story addition adjacent to the front porch projects from the front facade. The front porch detailing sets this building apart from other similar Colonial Revival buildings in the neighborhood.

Detail for 3247 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003775 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
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: Moderate
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 3247 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003775 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 29, 2003

Photo taken Oct 29, 2003

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