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Summary for 3080 S ANDOVER ST S / Parcel ID 1624049067 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1910
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built 1910, this building was purchased by John Plesha in May of 1935. He lived there through 1938. Natale J. Gasperetti lived in the building by 1951 through 1959. Fiorenzo and Rosi Gasperetti later bought the residence. In August of 1966, Edwin Stanberry purchased the building for $13,000. The North Rainier Valley consists of a depression created by glaciation between the ridges of Beacon Hill and Mount Baker. The valley derives its name from Mount Rainier because of stunning views of the mountain. The area’s growth followed the early streetcar line, which was completed to Columbia City in 1890. The North Rainier Valley includes the area north of Columbia City and contained many early vegetable farms. Commercial development followed along the streetcar line, with housing built nearby. During the first decades of the 20th century, the area between Massachusetts and Atlantic Streets was home to Seattle’s largest Italian enclave, “Garlic Gulch.” Dugdale Ball Park opened on the corner of Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street in 1913, and was succeeded by Sick’s Stadium in 1938. World War II precipitated a surge in housing development, including the public housing project, Rainier Vista, in 1943. Following the war, the area attracted a mix of African-Americans, Asians, and Filipinos. Today this diverse, low-to-middle income neighborhood is unique within Seattle with its long narrow form focused on the Rainier Avenue transportation corridor.
 
Appearance
Built in 1910, this Craftsman influenced Arts & Crafts style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to South Andover Street on a sloping site at street level. This 962 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 26’ by 37’, with a full width front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the front gable roof. Broad eave and gable overhangs with exposed rafters, purlins, braces and prominent bargeboards define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front porch. Massive wood posts carry the projecting upper story above the porch. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3080 S ANDOVER ST S / Parcel ID 1624049067 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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):
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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3080 S ANDOVER ST S / Parcel ID 1624049067 / Inv #


Photo taken Dec 08, 2003
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