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Summary for 3711 39th AVE / Parcel ID 8121101305 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare- Colonial, Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1921
Built in 1921, this building was purchased by Calvin S. and Dovre P. Hall in February of 1927. Mr. Hall was a judge in the Superior Court, Department No 8, R819 in the County-City Building. By 1938, William C. Carolyn also lived in the building. The Hall’s remained in the building through 1943. Richard D. McIntosh Jr. bought the building in November of 1947 for $15,500. In January of 1948, Byron B. Hillen purchased the building. By 1951 through 1968, Rodney M. Jarvis occupied the building, and Eugene Flynn bought it in November of 1972 for $27,000. 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 1921, this Colonial Revival-influenced, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling is oriented to Thirty-Ninth Avenue South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 1120 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 28’ by 40’, with an 11’ by 5’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof and front facing dormer. Modest, closed eave overhangs with a prominent fascia define the roofline. Wood sash windows with multiple-lite upper sash provide day lighting. A Palladian motif window highlights the front facade. A hipped stoop roof carried on three piers grouped at each outer corner shelters the front stoop. An external brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3711 39th AVE / Parcel ID 8121101305 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
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: 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 3711 39th AVE / Parcel ID 8121101305 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 12, 2003
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