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Summary for 3227 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834700055 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman, Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1911
Built in 1911, this building was purchased by George and Myrtle M. Tremper in April of the same year. In 1927, Mr. Tremper enclosed a porch. Mr. Tremper worked as a clerk with Swift and Company. The Tremper’s resided in the building through 1931. By 1938, the building was vacant. Myron V. Judd lived in the building by 1940, followed by Ambrose B. Everts by 1943, Hugo Helfenstein by 1955, John R. Shields by 1961, and Robert C. Armstrong by 1965 through 1968. Richard Ludwig purchased the building in April of 1972 for $22,500. 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 1911, this substantial, Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling is oriented to Thirty-Seventh Avenue South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 999 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 37’ by 27’, with a full width recessed front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard- and shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gable front roof and gabled side dormer. Broad open eave and gable overhangs with exposed purlins, rafters and bracing define the roofline. Wood sash double hung multiple-lite windows provide day lighting. Non-original shutter additions flank the windows. A short flight of stairs leads to the front porch. A low closed railing wraps the porch with wood posts supporting the upper story. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3227 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834700055 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
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 3227 37th AVE / Parcel ID 9834700055 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003

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