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Summary for 4103 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 7917600105 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1928
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.
Built in 1928, this compact, Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Renton Avenue South and the site is sloped. This 768 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a half basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 24’ by 32’, with a 7’ by 6’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the clipped gable front roof. Modest open eave and gable overhangs with exposed rafters and bargeboards on the gable ends define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 double hung windows with contemporary exterior metal security grilles and painted wood casings provide day lighting. A short flight of steps leads to the gable roofed front stoop. Wood posts support an elliptical soffit. An internal brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 4103 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 7917600105 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s):
Roof Type(s): Gable - Clipped 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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 4103 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 7917600105 / Inv #

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Photo taken Dec 12, 2003

Photo taken Dec 12, 2003
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